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On Monday, October 21, Calhoun's Welfare of Animals Group [WAG] will be humanely trapping stray and feral cats in the Arnoldsburg area to have them spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and ear tipped (the universal sign that a cat has been part of a Trap-Neuter-Return program).
The volunteers would appreciate if you would not put food out for them on Sunday, October 20 as they will be trapping on Monday morning. Once the cats have recovered from anesthesia (at least 24 to 48 hours) they will be returned to their exact location. They will be healthier, happier, and not reproducing and fighting. Thank you for your cooperation. So far the program has spayed and neutered 335 community cats (194 females and 141 males)
Please keep your personal cats indoors or put a collar on them on Wednesday the 9th. If you have any questions, please call Gail at 304-354-6363.
Partial funding for Trap-Neuter-Return is provided by The Oakland Foundation, The Bernard McDonough Foundation, and the West Virginia Department of Agriculture.
WAG - The Calhoun Welfare of Animals Group [WAG] wishes to explain their Trap, Neuter, Return [TNR] program and efforts. TNR is the only effective and humane approach to community cats. It involves humanely
trapping the cats, taking them to a veterinarian to be vaccinated, neutered, and ear tipped (while under anesthesia, the tip of the cat's left ear is removed to indicate that they are neutered), and then
return them to their outdoor home.
WAG would like to explain the process that it follows to do trap-neuter-return: A caretaker of a feral cat colony contacts WAG that they need assistance. A caretaker fills out paperwork which includes the colony size and other information.
WAG then schedules surgery dates for neutering of the colony.
WAG's trappers catch the colony and they are transported for vaccinations and neutering.
The feral cat colony is returned to their original location and released where their caretaker continues to feed them.
Ending the cats' breeding cycles will allow them to live out their natural lives without having to worry about the constant stress of pregnancies and mating. Plus, TNR doesn't cause colonies to disappear overnight—the cats live out their natural lifespans and the colonies slowly decline in population over years.
If you are the caretaker of a colony of feral cats in Calhoun County and would like WAG's assistance, please contact Gail Krugman at 304-354-6363, or message Gail at email@example.com
If you are aware of a problem in your neighborhood you can notify WAG via our email address found on our web page at www.calhounwag.org