SNAP TNR Programs
In addition to our animal rescue, adoption services and education programs, SNAP is proud to offer our TNR – Trap/Neuter/Return – programs as the primary part of our mission.
Here are some of area feral cat colonies we have helped since 2009:
The Douglas County Dozen
At the invitation in 2012 of a Douglas County homeowner, SNAP visited the residence and met a lovely woman who has the time, the space and the heart to take in multiple homeless four-legged Douglas County residents – but she needs our help.
This was not a hoarding situation, although SNAP will help her find homes for some of the adoptable cats. She has created a sparkling clean haven for these loved, cared-for and socialized cats. This is a case of an animal lover on a fixed income who needs help spaying and neutering her cats – exactly the mission for which SNAP was founded…
More about the Douglas County Dozen
Emory University Hospital Midtown (2010 until now)
Emory University Hospital Midtown’s diverse population can now boast greater diversity – that is, of the feline genus. When a stray cat (now known as Isobel in honor of Isobel Fraser, the generous donor to the Carlyle Fraser Heart Center) took up residence in bushes near the hospital courtyard, staff and patients didn’t think much of this furry addition to the hospital scene. She kept a cool distance, did not interfere in hospital operations and provided a nice diversion for those dining outside. However, when Isabel’s five kittens made an appearance, hospital staff knew something had to be done for their safety and survival. Shari Creech, Property Management, Serina Bruce, Office of Quality and Nurse Terri Walter,
Office of Quality, joined forces with SNAP-2 ITto find homes for the kittens. First, the hospital employees caught the kittens and managed to coax Isobel into a holding cage. SNAP took four of the kittens into our adoption program and one of Isobel’s kittens was adopted by hospital staff. Isobel was spayed and returned to the hospital grounds where she continues to live a life of luxury. Several feeders ensure that Isobel never misses a meal, and she also has a lovely custom-built home (discreetly positioned in her favorite bushes) that features her name engraved above the entrance. 2012 update!
In 2012, SNAP returned to the hospital site to rescue Agnes Glen (also named after a wing in the hospital). Agnes gave birth to 6 beautiful kittens within 12 hours of being taken in by SNAP. Once again, an Emory employee adopted Agnes and also found a loving home for one of her kittens. The remaining kittens will be available for adoption through SNAP after they are spayed/neutered in July. In a funny twist, Isobel was re-trapped this year (much to her surprise) and taken to the vet where she was brought up to date on all her vaccinations. Isobel was happy to be returned to her custom home in Emory’s shrubbery. Another cat family appeared on the scene in 2012: Ms. Midi with her three kittens. Ms. Midi was sent to the vet to be spayed so she could be adopted, but she was put in kitty jail for 10 days first because she bit a vet tech. After her jail time was up, Ms. Midi was spayed and adopted by a loving family that is working with her on her social skills and keeps her indoors where she is safe. SNAP’s friendship with Emory continues as all the animal lovers continue to watch out for our four-legged friends. View Emory flyer about Isobel View 2012 Emory rescues Read about Tippy Gray
SNAP Partners with Marietta Property Owner (September 2012)
A Marietta property owner recently contacted SNAP for assistance in managing the feline population that call her yard “home.” Although this homeowner loves cats, and takes care of all who arrive, after the third litter in quick succession from her small colony, she realized that she needed to actively intervene to keep
the colony small. In early September, SNAP conducted a successful trapping job that resulted in the spay/neuter of 4 adult cats and 3 kittens. All the animals were returned to the homeowner’s loving care.
Getting Lost Leads to Finding Animals in Need (Strickland, GA)
Serendipity is part of SNAP volunteers’ every day life. One day our founder, Kyla Jones, got lost on her way to an Animal Control office. She turned around in front of an old house that had been turned into apartments, and her “animal rescue radar” went off. “I saw kittens running around everywhere,” she said. “I got out, talked to them softly, and just started picking them up. I got two that day, and a few days later I went back to get the rest, but I couldn’t find any.” That day, Kyla saw people, too. “The Property Manager approached, and asked me what I was doing. When I explained, he told me that he had just taken several kittens to Animal Control. I promptly went and bailed them out.” Kyla worked with another person on the property to finish trapping the rest of the animals. SNAP fixed the animals, and released the adults back on the property. “We ended up with nine kittens from the bunch,” Kyla said.
Pine Lake Trailer Park
SNAP has had a relationship with Pine Lake Trailer Park for a number of years.
Kind Kennesaw Couple Gets More Than They Bargained For (April 2012)
It’s not unusual for SNAP to be told one thing, and then find another situation when they arrive on the scene. Similarly, we frequently partner with other animal rescue organizations to protect animals. In April 2012, we were called by another animal rescuer who learned that her elderly neighbors had a colony of cats that they were trying to care for. The couple was not able to afford to spay or neuter the cats, so the colony grew quickly. SNAP stepped in to help. Initially we were told that there were about a dozen cats and some kittens. By the end of our work there, SNAP had pulled over 17 breeding cats and 20 kittens from the site. Read the Thank You letter
April 2012: Hundreds of animals helped
April was a busy month for SNAP-2 IT. We trapped in 4 colonies and rescued 75 cats, 2 dogs, and 33 kittens. The first Monday in April, SNAP took over an entire clinic and spayed 40 cats, and a single dog, this cute little Yorkie.
I-85 Trapping Job (February 2012)
SNAP was contacted by the caregivers of a colony located on an access road to Atlanta’s busy I-85 interstate for assistance. Not only was the caregiver’s business moving, but the colony cats were multiplying fast, and the caregivers recognized that the location was not safe for young kittens. Snap-2 IT pulled a beautiful longhaired young adult named Marci from the I-85 Access Road trapping job, along with 2 8-week old kittens. We also rescued 3 6- month old kittens that we believe were from Marci’s first litter – proof of how quickly cats multiply. SNAP secured placement for two ferals from this location, and were able to relocate two of the teens that were trapped. The results have been, predictably, different for the three younger kittens. The male, Maurice, is social and has been placed. His sister, Matilda, is not social with humans, so she has been placed at a secure barn location. The remaining teen is a lukewarm socializer, but we recognize that it takes a long time for a feral to turn the corner. SNAP believes that it’s important to watch for signs that indicate a feral will never be socialized for human companionship. When that happens, we believe that they are far better off released than confined.
Barclay Apartments - Dunwoody, Georgia (2011)
In 2011 SNAP TNRed and altered 10 ferals at the Barclay Apartments in Dunwoody, Georgia. Near the end of 2011, residents noticed the size of the colony seemed to be increasing again. In February 2012, we began trapping again. To date we have altered 10 more cats. Our last communication with the residents of this Dunwoody complex is that there are no new cats in evidence that don’t have tipped ears, good news for us.
Norcross Abandoned Dogs Rescued, October 2011
SNAP rescued these gorgeous puppies and their mother after they were abandoned at an empty rental home. Below, you can see what they looked like when we found them, and then later.
Perkey Trapping Job
SNAP works hard to establish relationships with the humans who help care for feral colonies. Here what one caregiver, Tessia Perkey, had to say in a recent letter: I have to say I don’t know what we would have done if I had not met Kyla. We have had a colony of wild/feral cats that we have been feeding for a few years and of course they have grown in numbers, as a matter of fact two of the females just had litters about 8-10 weeks before I met Kyla and learned about TNR(trap, neuter, release). I really did not know what we were going to do because it wasn’t going to be much longer before the colony would be more than we could handle. We were able to catch all the adults we knew about and even one we didn’t know about and get them spayed and neutered, we also were able to catch 8 of the 9 kittens from the 2 litters and get them fixed as well. Before I met Kyla I did not know that there was a place that would do this for low cost!!!! This was definitely the biggest reason we had not already tried to trap them and have them fixed. Kyla was a real blessing. It is a shame more people don’t know about this fantastic service, we really need to get the word out so more people will be able to manage feral colonies instead of trying to handle it in different manners that aren’t so kind to these beautiful animals. I can tell you I have let everyone I know about this service. Tessia Perkey
November 2011: Dozens of cats and dogs helped with your support
With the help of many volunteers, in late November 2011 SNAP2-IT transported 29 socialized cats from a single house to Planned PetHood of Georgia, where they were spayed and neutered. A rescue this large takes teamwork to execute, and SNAP needs your continued support to further our mission moving forward and stop the needless killing of healthy companion animals. Immediately before this rescue, SNAP helped another set of animals, a nursing female canine with 8 puppies and 2 additional cats that were abandoned in a home for 2 weeks without food or water. All of the puppies were adopted before Christmas 2011 and the mom of the pups also has a wonderful home. In an unrelated incident, after a mother cat and three kittens were found in a garage, SNAP intervened, took them to be neutered and checked over for health issues, and once they got the green light, placed them in loving living situations. In addition, SNAP took in two adult cats from a vet’s office and while there, rescued 5 more kittens that were left in a carrier in the parking lot! We walked out the door with them as DeKalb County AC was walking in the other door to take them away. We are thankful for your support and help in saving lives by spaying and neutering dogs and cats so that more feral animals are not born.
72 Hoarded Cats and Kittens Living in One House (June 2010)
Hoarding cases are sometimes the saddest ones of all. In a June 2010 incident, SNAP-2 IT spayed/neutered 16 adult cats from a home where cats were being hoarded, and pulled 56 kittens out of the home. There were more adult cats in the home that had previously been spayed/neutered. Working with caregivers in a case like this requires delicacy, an understanding of how hoarding begins, and a sense of careful diplomacy. Kyla Jones, SNAP-2 IT founder explained, “In this case – and many others – it all began with finding a cat, wanting to help, and bringing the animal home to care for it and get it off the streets.” It’s normal for a situation to spin out of control quickly, particularly if the animals are not neutered. “Before you know it,” Kyla explained, “all your money is going to provide food and limited medical attention to the growing number of pets. The day we walked into this home, there were ten nursing mothers.” Before SNAP could help the animals, Kyla and the volunteers had to gain the trust of the caregiver. “In situations like this,” she said, “you have to work slowly with the present caregiver. They feel they are the only ones who can care for the animals…but they also understand they are over the limit and overwhelmed. They don’t know how to reach out for help, or who to reach out to.” That first visit, Kyla worked painstakingly to convince the caregiver to allow her to neuter the non-nursing adults, and pull a few litters of kittens from the home for outside placement. Shortly after SNAP’s first visit to the home, the remaining kittens in the home (there were still 41!) began getting sick. Although SNAP provided the needed medication, a few days later the panicked caregiver reached out because the kittens were dying and she could not help them. “Sadly,” Kyla said, “sometimes it takes a situation like that for caregivers to release animals for proper care.” Kyla rallied her volunteers and that day, they began putting kittens into carriers and trying to locate vets who could help. “I honestly didn’t know how many kittens we had,” Kyla recalled. “The only vet who would see us was Village Vets in Lilburn Stone Mountain, and the hoarding home was in Alpharetta, a distance of over 30 miles. I piled all the kittens into four carriers, and drove as quickly as I could. The vet and staff were waiting for us, and by the time we were done, 37 kittens had been treated.” Unfortunately, three of the kittens died that day. Kyla and SNAP volunteers returned to the hoarding home later to locate the remaining kittens. “These poor babies had a lot of problems,” Kyla said. “They were on antibiotics for months, had eye treatments, and ate premium food to help them gain weight.” To date, SNAP still has 10 cats from this hoarding case that have not been adopted.
Lithonia Trapping Job, Scores of Kittens Pulled, 2010
This colony resided at the home of a 90 year old shut-in whose guardians had committed to caring for the colony. Despite good intentions, they were unable to monitor the arrival of un-neutered animals and not only did the population grow, but animals began to become sick. SNAP-2 IT was engaged to help. Three SNAP volunteers spent a day gathering over 70 kittens from this single location! All the kittens were spayed/neutered and brought up to date with vaccinations. Some kittens were adopted to families, and others were placed in a protected area in one of the SNAP barns. Adult animals from this colony were also TNRed. This colony is a SNAP success story, as we continue to monitor new arrivals and ensure they are fixed.
Copperfield Colony (2010)
The Copperfield Colony cats were living in a vacant, foreclosed home. On the first visit, SNAP volunteers counted about 30 cats, and by the time the work was done, 51 had been spayed/neutered. SNAP continues to monitor the colony and periodically returns to trap, neuter and release new additions.
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