The Welfare of Animals Group [WAG] will be humanely trapping stray and feral cats in the Grantsville and Orma areas on Sunday, April 14th to have them spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and ear tipped (the universal sign that a cat has been part of a Trap-Neuter-Return program). We would appreciate if you would not put food out for them on Saturday, April 13 as we will be trapping on Sunday morning. Once the cats have recovered from anesthesia (at least 24 to 48 hours) we will return them to their exact location. They will be healthier, happier, and not reproducing and fighting. Thank you for your cooperation. So far we have spayed and neutered 245 community cats (137 females and 108 males). Please keep your personal cats indoors or put a collar on them on Sunday the 14th. 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.

Welfare of Animals Group [WAG] is asking for support again this year from the people of Calhoun County to address a long-observed problem with our animal community – feral or community cats.

Removing cats from an area (i.e. catching and killing) is futile. When cats are removed from an area, an influx of new, unsterilized cats move in to take advantage of available resources – and reproduce. This well-documented natural phenomenon is known as the "vacuum effect". Trap-Neuter-Return stops the breeding cycle and reduces mating behaviors, such as yowling, spraying, roaming, and fighting. TNR also benefits public health because community cats are vaccinated against rabies.

Before TNR is started in your area, notification post cards will be delivered to your door to inform you of the trapping date. This will give you time to make sure that your personal pet cats can be contained or wearing a collar, so that they are not trapped. There will also be notifications in the Calhoun Chronicle, the Hur Herald, the Traders Guide, and on the radio at WVRC.

If you are aware of a feral cat colony in your neighborhood you can notify the group via email at wagcalhoun@gmail.com, from our website www.calhounwag.org or call Gail at 304-354-6363.

There is a widespread problem so please do not expect immediate action. The group will get to your neighborhood as soon as possible.

If you are interested in volunteering with WAG in any way, please contact the group from our website or Facebook page, Welfare of Animals Group-WAG, and someone will be in touch. "Together we can make a big difference for the animals in our county."

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