Rescue mission for island felines

Members of a St. George Island cat colony.

Members of a St. George Island cat colony.

Helen Gore
Published: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 02:03 PM.

Two women have taken on the task of providing for feral cats on St. George Island.

Helen Gore represented two properties in a housing development on St. George Island. That’s how she learned that 14 cats had been trapped and were destined to be sent to the county pound and euthanized.

She contacted friend and animal lover Cathy Buell and they took steps to rescue the doomed animals. The "Island 14" are now neutered, vaccinated and safe but they need your help and so do Gore and Buell.

The cats need forever homes. Gore and Buell are seeking partners to launch a trap, neuter and return program (TNR) on the island.

TNR is the method of feral cat control endorsed by Alley Cat Allies (ACA), a national organization to protect and stabilize feral cat populations.

According to the ACA website, “TNR involves humanely trapping stray and feral cats and having them vaccinated and spayed/neutered before returning them to their outdoor home. It is the only effective method of stabilizing outdoor cat colonies. As a result of TNR, the birth of new kittens in the colony slows down and eventually ends when all the cats are spayed/neutered. In addition, socialized cats and kittens are spayed/neutered and then often put up for adoption, causing an immediate reduction in the population size.

After using the cruel, costly catch and kill method for decades and failing to stabilize cat populations, local officials and animal control officers everywhere have realized that they need a completely different approach. Some TNR programs have now been in place for as many as 25 years.”

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