Tangier Island 2011 Community Cat TNR Project





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Published on Jun 24, 2011

In May of 2011, Best Friends Animal Society joined forces with Operation Catnip and Sheltering Hands of Florida to organize a week-long TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) project on Tangier Island.

Tangier Island is a small fishing community off the coast of Virginia, population 525. With nearly 500 free-roaming community cats on the island, the feline residents almost equal the human population.

More than 20 dedicated volunteers and a skilled veterinary staff from Caring Hands Animal Hospital of Virginia also enabled the project to take place.

Despite unexpected flooding and some additional challenges that hampered trapping efforts, the Tangier TNR team was able to spay and neuter 250 community cats during their week-long stay.

TNR efforts will continue on the island.

Because the project takes place on an island, it offers a true test of the effectiveness of TNR. TNR or Trap, Neuter, Return means to humanely trap, vaccinate, sterilize, ear-tip
and return free-roaming cats to their homes. Once returned, the cats can live out their lives under the watchful eye of their human caretakers.

The island is also home to a thriving bird population, putting into question some claims that free-roaming cats have a negative impact on wildlife and birds.

Best Friends leaned about Tangier Island from some concerned tourists who had visited the island. Best Friends then contacted officials on Tangier to offer assistance with the community cats.

The team TNR effort is part of Best Friends Animal Society's cat initiatives and this video captures some of the sights and sounds of the project.

Best Friends Animal Society is a nonprofit organization building no-kill programs and partnerships that will bring about a day when there are No More Homeless PetsĀ®. The society's leading initiatives in animal care and community programs are coordinated from its Kanab, Utah, headquarters, the country's largest no-kill sanctuary. This work is made possible by the personal and financial support of a grassroots network of supporters and community partners across the nation.


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