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People Who Support Trap-neuter-return (TNR) Are More Decent Than Those Who Don’t — 8 Comments

  1. Dee, you have a good heart – and better than good. Ruthie, by the way, wrote me not long ago that you had offered to help her pay some of the bills for her little boy. Another kind friend also helped her out.

    Everything you say re TNR – when no one is there to care for the cats – is true. For years I’ve had (no, not TNR – just neglected cats who had nothing and no one) with ear mite infection, feline leukemia, rotted-out teeth ($860.00 to have them pulled, which I did), and festering wounds from cat fights. That, plus fleas & ingrown claws. But I wouldn’t have the strength and resilience to do half of what you’ve done – least of all move a colony or trap the cats for their periodic vaccinations. You’re truly incredible.

    (Please don’t reply. I’m no longer online – or very seldom – and don’t want to give the impression that I ignored you when I’m simply unplugged. x

  2. The comments below are peripheral to my purpose in writing – i.e., to ask a favor. They aren’t intended to futilely question the view that people who don’t support TNR are ‘less decent’ than its advocates.

    I’m not a fan of TNR. To qualify that, neutering cats stops their reproduction-which solves half the problem. What I lack is the insight to grasp the good of a bow without a fiddle.

    If the TNR program had volunteers with the funds & commitment to feed and shelter TNR’ed cats, the program would be a humane solution. But it falls short by half unless it also has volunteers such as Dee in Florida and Martha in Malta who care for the cats afterwards. TNR volunteers deserve respect and admiration for their commitment, as do those who look after the cats for years afterwards at their own expense – assuming such people are a dime a dozen. Because if they’re not, I question the morality of a TNR ‘solution’ that snips the cats, then trundles them back to neighborhoods where they’re kicked to the curb by the denizens. That the cats have been breeding like midges is proof of the pudding that those to whom the cats ‘belong’ have no interest in their welfare. They haven’t a trace of solicitude for them, whether breeding or neutered.

    While I don’t admire TNR as much as I should – the reason being I see it as a blend of compassion and thoughtlessness – I’ve spent $40.00 so far on high-quality canned cat food for two neighborhood cats who came to my door five days ago. The smaller has finished nursing her kittens – location unknown – and is drying up. She has barely emerged from kittenhood herself, weighs less than two pounds, has protruding bones and sunken flanks. The other, a tad over three pounds, is in family way, far as I can tell. Actually, both have gained a few ounces since they showed up, as they’re being fed three or four times a day.

    Last week I phoned someone I thought was part of a staff that rehomes unwanted cats, but learned during our conversation she’s a years-long, dedicated participant in a TNR program that takes neutered cats back to where they came from. A hellish fate, as often as not (unless this is Turkey). Though I’d offered her group a substantial donation, I tactfully withdrew when I realized she had nothing to do with rehoming cats, for all her hard work. She hung up on me.

    Two days later I had the good fortune to find a no-kill shelter that screens (as in GRILLS) applicants who want to adopt. They’re also sworn enemies of declawing. This afternoon, I’m driving the cats out to the shelter – a lengthy commute – am paying these fabulous people a cash donation of $100.00, and $50.00 in canned food. But that I see them as what my friend Ruthie calls ‘earth angels’ doesn’t mean that I see myself as morally inferior because I lack what it takes to condemn people who thinks it falls short.

    Request: Michael, if would be helpful if you could find time to provide the title to the essay written by Kirsten Doub in which she details the after-effects of declawing (arthritis, bone splinters, etc.). If PoC has word-search, I don’t see the darned thing, haven’t the time to hunt for it, am headed out the door, and need a printout in a couple of hours, if possible. I can give the shelter Dr. Conrad’s websites, but am having no luck in finding Dr. Doub’s essay, and forget when she wrote it – maybe a year ago or longer? The staff doesn’t know her, and I’d like them to read it.

    • Hi Sylvia Ann. Nice to hear from you. I agree that TNR does need to be conducted thoroughly for it to work well. It is early days. If NY state gets behind TNR and part funds it that will help make it more efficient. State governments should fund TNR generously!

      As for your request, try using the search box at the top of any page and type in “Dr Doub” and see what comes up. PoC custom search is very efficient, believe me. I am surprised that you could not see the search box! It is there just above the title to the post and above links to other posts. There is a blue button on the RHS and a input box/panel to the left of the button. Good luck.

    • Good to hear from you, Sylvia Ann. Your point is well taken regarding TNR. Trap, neuter, and returning means nothing if the cats aren’t taken care of beyond that.

      They need yearly rabies vaccines, good nutrition, and bear watching for illnesses that require a vet visit.

      It’s very hard work, especially trying to trap a sick feral to take to the vet or trapping a whole colony that are due for their vaccinations. Under those circumstances, I may go 2-3 days without sleep or food.
      The cats are my only focus.

      Right now, because one of my ferals was poisoned, I have to consider moving the whole colony to safe ground. I dread it; but, at least I know that my comrades will bring sandwiches and make me eat so I won’t starve to death.

  3. Good for you,Dee! Thank you. Yes,out of pocket is costly. That is why those who just dump the new cats into a TNR colony should be good enough to help with the cost.

  4. Hard to say.

    There are a lot of decent people who care as much as fulltime TNR people but don’t participate in TNR for many reasons.

    TNR is very, very hard and stressful work. Plus, unless, subsidized, it can be very costly.

    I bust my bum every day for colonies that aren’t even mine just because these poor, wonderful people have such a love for the cats.

    Low income folks and those bogged down with job and kids would be really strapped to participate even though they may want to. That’s where we come in… We will take the task from them.

    And… P.S. PETA can go to Hell!!!

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