It’s our fault that there is a pet over-population crisis. We, collectively, have allowed cats and dogs to continue to breed, having litter after litter, without considering that there are not enough homes or families to care for all of their offspring. There are thousands in our local shelter euthanized annually simply because there are too many of them. When left unchecked, it becomes such a huge problem that some believe that the only answer is to catch and kill them.
It is trap neuter or spay, vaccinate for rabies, ear tip and return the cat to his original habitat. TNR is the only effective way to reduce cat populations. The process is carried out by volunteers that care for the cats by providing food, water, shelter and medical attention if needed, along with the intervention of the TNR process. It is being done in cities and counties across the country. In Georgia, there are TNR programs in DeKalb, Walton, Barrow, Newton, Rockdale, Athens, Dawson, Madison, Vinings, Marietta, Pooler, Columbus, Macon, and Savannah. There are TNR programs in Aiken, Charleston, Greer and Myrtle Beach, SC., Asheville, NC, and a particularly good program in Spartanburg, SC. Disneyland and Disneyworld have some of the largest TNR programs in the country.