Members of the community who care for the many feral cats found walking around can learn a whole lot more about protecting them and reducing their population growth at workshops on the trap-neuter-return technique. One will be held Saturday at the Ridgewood Library.
Feral cats can no longer live with humans due to their wild nature. Instead they take shelter in buildings, empty lots, cemeteries — wherever they can. They breed uncontrollably and face starvation and death as a result of not having enough food to eat. But some do their best to help them survive.
Saturday’s workshop will begin at 11 a.m. at the library, located at 20-12 Madison St., and run until 2:30 p.m. It will be hosted by Alley Cat Allies, the ASPCA and the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. There is a suggested donation of $15.
People who choose to take the workshop and get certified will be able to access ASPCA’s tools for TNR. Those include a spay and neuter clinic, loans of traps and transportation of cats. They will also receive a copy of the book “Trap-Neuter-Return and Colony Management.”
The book teaches people how to properly take care of feral cats using the TNR method. This method includes humane trapping (preparations, equipment and techniques); spay and neuter; cat care (before and after surgery); and feeding and setting up shelters.
The book explains why TNR is the best method to use for stray cats and why others have failed.
The workshop and an online course is also open to anyone who would like to start their own TNR program or whoever wants to advocate for the acceptance of the program in his or her community.