This handsome guy was TNR on May 5, 2017 and posed for this picture a week later!
When colonies are not controlled, the cats are constantly breeding and then it becomes not only an over population problem but also medical issues arise from all of the inbreeding of colonies.
A pregnant mama ready to give birth in the elements
Spaying and neutering the cats not only stops the breeding cycle, it also eliminates howling, fighting and spraying. Unfixed cats run the risk of testicular tumors to pyometra (a potentially life-threatening infection of the uterus) and mammary tumors.
For viewing purposes only - the trap is always covered
In a TNR program, community cats are humanely trapped, brought to a vet to be spayed or neutered, receive a rabies vaccine, flea control and their right ear is tipped (a sign that a cat has been spayed or neutered) and then returned to their outdoor home.
This is a common occurrence in untreated eye infections, the eye will have to be removed
Feral cats often times are injured as they struggle to survive on the streets, trying to avoid being hit by cars, killed by coyotes or poisons. If they have already been spayed or neutered, they will be re-trapped and brought in for medical treatment ranging from lacerations, eye removal and leg or tail amputations.
It's an extremely tough life on the streets. Unfortunately, sometimes cats need to be trapped and euthanized
The Shelters no longer fix all of the kittens and puppies before adoption and instead pass out vouchers for people to bring them back to get fixed at a later time. Instead of keeping their cats indoors, they never use the vouchers, they let the cats out, they get pregnant and have numerous litters of kittens. This has wreaked havoc on the feral cat population!