Kittens in Upstate SC are being TNR’d too young and released back into the community
The following post was made on the Foster Paws Rescue (FPR) Facebook wall back on March 5, and I was also contacted via Facebook. Please read. This is serious, as it appears someone is practicing TNR on kittens too young for the procedure. If not for the quick thinking of a Good Samaritan in the Greenville, South Carolina area, they may not have survived.
“We got a message this morning about some babies who were ear tipped and super friendly. Like total loves. I had a foster waiting for kittens so I texted her. Now for those who might not know, If they are ear tipped they were part of a TNR, Trap Neuter, Release. Most kittens and cats are returned to the outdoors within 24 hours or less of getting their surgery. Now consider these kittens are also about 7 wks old and only one weighed 2 lbs. all were less. A Good Samaritan recognized them being outdoors at that age was just not right considering these cats are entirely socialized.”
FPR is an Upstate South Carolina-based cat rescue non-profit 501c3 rescue group. Their mission in the short term is to foster, spay/neuter and re-home homeless cats and kittens. For the most part, they pull cats from area high-kill shelters. They also advise the general public who have found stray or feral cats in hopes that they can help them find alternative solutions to surrendering the animal to said high-kill shelters.
So that’s how the little angels pictured here ended up in foster care with Doris, a volunteer experienced with getting little kittens back on their feet. The little gray one is spoken for, but I’m unsure about the rest. I’m not sure whether these names are official, but with St. Patrick’s Day approaching, they seem to fit.
- Brown tabby girl – Nora
- Torti Girl- Mona
- Black girl- Kira
- Grey boy – Fergus
Please contact Foster Paws Rescue via Facebook or call (864) 735-0755 if you come across kittens who are friendly or appearing too little to be on their own. They’ll be more than happy to offer their assistance. In the same regard, if you’re interested in fostering sweet babies who are almost fully vetted, until they are fully vetted with a combo test, microchip and vaccines, on top of having been spayed/neutered, and helping find them forever homes, please reach out to FPR for that also. “Kitten season” is about to hit the Upstate hard, and kittens are more likely to survive in a loving indoor home than on their own on the streets.
TNR has proven very successful in the Greenville area. If you know who is responsible for these kittens being TNR’d at such a young age, please advise them that what they’re doing is VERY wrong!
At least 12 weeks old and 3 pounds is the general rule here.
My veterinarian was hesitant at 5 months but agreed because my babies are big and healthy and indoors only. My Mercy was spayed at 7-8 weeks at the animal shelter and under 2 lbs. But they are loath to let them go before spaying. When she was re-adopted by us after being dumped she had not been gaining and we had to wait per our vet over a month just to give her a rabies. My understanding is that many rescues take feral kittens at about 4 weeks for the best chance of socializing not TNR.