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WAG Trap-Neuter-Return - On Thursday, May 14, 2020, the Welfare of Animals Group (WAG) will be humanely trapping stray and feral cats in the Chloe and Mount Zion areas to have them spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and ear tipped (the universal sign that a cat has been part of a Trap-Neuter-Return program).
Wag would appreciate if you would not put food out for them on Wednesday, May 13 as we will be trapping on Thursday 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 378 community cats (215 females and 163 males).
Please keep your personal cats indoors or put a collar on them on Thursday the 14th. If you have any questions, please call Linda at 304-354-7506. Partial funding for Trap-Neuter-Return is provided by The Oakland Foundation, The Bernard McDonough Foundation, and the West Virginia Department of Agriculture.
REDUCED COST CAT AND DOG SPAYING AND NEUTERING AVAILABLE - The Welfare of Animals Group (WAG) can assist low-income Calhoun County homes with 50% of their pet's spay/neuter fee. It is cheaper to spay a pet than to pay the costs of caring for one litter of puppies or kittens. Donations of dry cat food are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at the Grantsville Library. For more information or to make an appointment, please call 304-354-7042. Funded in part by The Bernard McDonough Foundation, The Oakland Foundation, and the WV Department of Agriculture. Visit the WAG website www.calhounwag.org
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 Jane at 304-354-7042.
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