Snipping and Tipping. That's our goal!
What the heck does that mean?
It means Every Dogs Dream is about to tackle the community cat problem in a big way!
Through a large-scale TNR Weekend on April 25-26, 2020. With the help of multiple vets, vet techs, and volunteers, our goal is to spay and neuter 40-50 stray and feral cats over a 2-day period.
We have identified cat colonies in Binghamton, Endicott, and Johnson City.
What exactly is TNR?
TNR stands for Trap-Neuter-Release. It involves trapping stray or feral cats and kittens, having them medically examined, rabies vaccinated, and altered. They will then either be released back to their colonies or, if adoptable, will receive further veterinary care and placed into a foster home. TNR is the only proven humane and effective way to stabilize community cat populations.
Why “trap”? Will it hurt them?
No. All traps are humane traps. Cats are removed from the area and brought to a temporary climate-controlled holding location where they will spend the night before their surgery.
What is “tipping” and why do you do it?
Ear-tipping involves surgically removing a small portion of a cat's ear while under anesthesia. It is an easy and universally accepted way to identify a community cat that has been spayed or neutered. If you see a cat with an ear-tip it means they can no longer produce new kittens and that’s a very good thing!
Feral cats are not socialized enough to be placed as a typical pet. Removing them from their colony invites new unaltered cats to move in and the cycle starts all over again. Releasing a fixed cat back to their colony allows them to live out their lives in harmony with humans without continuing the cycle of reproducing. Altering cats will also reduce nuisance behaviors associated with mating and pregnancy such as spraying, yowling, roaming, and fighting.
Our expenses for this event will be significant and include:
- Spay/neuter/vet services
- Supplies such as traps, tarps, blankets, food
- Rental vehicle for large scale transports
- Community outreach and training
Your one time or recurring donations will make a real and lasting impact in our community.
So let’s be hip and get them all tipped!