Gary Powell explains how to recognize and help care for stray cats in your neighborhood.
Half the Way . . . Home, an organization in Cobb County that is working help keep as many cats as possible from being brought into animal control, is hosting a “trap-neuter-return” (TNR) workshop on June 12 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cobb County Main Library near The Square in Marietta.
This workshop provides an opportunity for feline advocates to connect and network with other people who care for, and about, community cats. The goal of this event is to help strengthen the local support for community cat care by putting advocates, caregivers, and concerned residents in touch with one another and with available resources.
Participants in the workshop will learn the following and much more: the difference between a feral and a stray cat; can a feral cat be tamed; trap-neuter-return basics; deterrents to keep cats out of unsafe areas; how to set a trap for TNR; how to make a shelter for feral cats; the importance of spay/neuter; and why Cobb has no low cost spay/neuter clinic or mobile units and how to change that
About Half the Way . . . Home (from the website)
“Our mission is to help keep as many cats as possible from being brought into animal control – be they feral, stray, or owner turn in; rescue as many cats as possible from out of the shelter with the resources we have available; and focus locally so that the metro area cats don’t fall through the cracks simply because they have standard suburban stories.
At this time, there are no low-cost spay/neuter stand-alone clinics or mobile units serving the citizens of Cobb County GA. We are working to establish a low-cost spay/neuter stand-alone clinic to keep cats (and dogs) from entering animal control because of high birth rates or because people are struggling financially and can no longer afford to care for their pets. The clinic services would be available for the general public, rescues that take animals into their program from local county animal control shelters and rescues/individuals that trap, neuter, and return (TNR) feral cats.
Other ways we are working to keep the shelter intake numbers down include: educating the public on responsible pet ownership; referring those in need to community resources; and training the community on TNR. We also advocate for and educate about the need for pet licensing, yearly registration, and micro-chipping cats and dogs so they can more easily find their way home again.”