What is Trap-Neuter-Return?
On Sunday, April 15th a pasta and meatballs dinner was held at the American Legion Post #15, East Greenwich, R.I. to raise money to benefit PawsWatch, a feral cat advocacy organization from Newport, R.I. to thank the agency for their recent assistance with a TNR (trap/neuter/return) project at the Kelley Gazzerro VFW Post #2812 in Cranston, R.I.
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Two happy, healthy members of the feral cat colony at the Kelley Gazzerro VFW Post relax in the sunAnne Gardner
Jackie Brodeur, a bartender at the Kelley Gazzerro VFW, watched the cats living behind the post come and go for four seasons, feeding them and witnessing their struggle for survival. She and her colleagues reached out for help from the local animal rescue community to help save some of the kittens who became orphaned and made the acquaintenance of Liz Skrobisch, president of PawsWatch, who set the gears in motion to organize the TNR project.
A total of twelve adult cats and six kittens were trapped and transported to the Rhode Island Spay/Neuter Clinic. The cats were spayed/neutered, given vaccinations and returned to their home behind the Post following a full recovery. PawsWatch volunteers also donated a winter shelter for the cats. The cats will now live out their lives under the watchful eyes of the Post employees and patrons, who will feed them, monitor them for illness and provide a safe environment for them to thrive in. The cats will live out their natural lives free from the burden of an endless cycle of reproduction.
According to Gil Fletcher, Pawswatch treasurer, feral cats who are not part of a managed TNR colony have a 50% chance of survival during their first eight weeks of life and a 75% chance of death within six months. TNR is a lifeline and proven solution to the feral cat debacle in communities throughout the world.
Sunday's fundraiser netted approximately $1,500 which will be used by PawsWatch to continue their TNR mission. Last year PawsWatch spent approximately $125,000 to provide TNR services to 1,800 cats.