Jefferson Street TNR Update

Ear Tipping

Jefferson Street and Asford Park TNR Project

The original Jefferson Street project has grown from TNR and rescue for cats at the first Jefferson Street home to a second home in Asford Park and the surrounding neighborhood.

To date we have rescued and put into our Adoption program more than 30 kittens and trapped,neutered,returned (TNR) some 30 adult cats to be a monitored colony in the neighborhood.

To date neighbors from the Jefferson Street area have donated nearly $1600 but we urgently need an additional $2500 to complete our TNR and Adoption efforts in the surrouding Asford Park neighborhood.

IMPORTANT: If you see a cat in your neighborhood that has a tipped ear like the ones shown above, the cat is a TNR cat that has been spay/neutered by Snap and is part of the managed colony of outdoor cats in your area. If you wee a cat that DOES NOT HAVE A TIPPED EAR, please contact Snap or Stephanie Drilling through your neighborhood bulletin board and we will make arrangements to trap, spay/neuter and treat the cat for any infections such as worms, and as appropriate make arrangements for return or adoption.

It is important that the neighbors of the Ashford Park area be vigilant on this matter so that the cats of the neighborhood can maintian a stable, healthy and controlled presence in the neighborhood and not have more litters moving forward.

Donating

Please donate today to help us complete and maintain these cats for the good of the Asford Park neighborhood:
Donate securely to the Asford Park TNR Project through YouCaring.com

Ear Tipping

Eartipping is an effective and universally accepted method to identify a spayed or neutered and vaccinated feral cat. It is the removal of the distal one-quarter of a cat’s left ear, which is approximately 3/8 inch, or 1 cm, in an adult and proportionally smaller in a kitten.

This procedure is performed under sterile conditions while the cat is already anesthetized for spay or neuter surgery. There is little or no bleeding, it is relatively painless to the cat, and the eartip does not significantly alter the appearance or beauty of the cat.

Eartipping is the preferred method to identify spayed or neutered and vaccinated feral cats, because it is difficult to get close to feral cats, and therefore the identification must be visible from a distance. Feral cats may interact with a variety of caregivers, veterinarians, and animal control personnel during their lives and so immediate visual identification is necessary to prevent an unnecessary second trapping and surgery.

No other method of identification has proven to be as safe or as effective as eartipping. Scaredy Cat Rescue and other humane groups across the country do not support the following methods:

Tattooing is not effective because the tattoo is not visible until cats are trapped and anesthetized.
Eartags are ineffective because they can cause infection, drop off, or tear cats’ ears.
Collars are not safe or practical for feral cats, because: as the cats grow and gain weight, the collars will tighten and could strangle them; the collars could get caught on something and severely injure or kill the cats; and the collars could also fall off leaving the cats unidentified.

Microchipping alone is not effective because it does not allow for visual identification. It is only effective once cats have been trapped and taken to a shelter or clinic that uses a scanner to find implanted microchips. It does not prevent unnecessary trapping.

Questions?

Please contact us at tnr@snap2it.org.

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First posted September 4, 2014.