The Animal House Rescue Feral Cat Programme (TNR)
Years ago, when we first started the rescue, we were mainly re-homing cats, dogs and small furries. Every now and then we would be alerted to an injured feral cat and off we would go to collect it.
We had to buy a trap and once caught we would take the feral to the vets get the problems treated, neuter them and after a weeks recouperation they would be released back to where they came from. This wasn't always the best place for them to live but we had nowhere else for them to go.
Feral cats do a good job keeping the rat population down, but only if they are neutered so that mating is not the only thing on their mind, that and fighting for females. We also realised that there were huge colonies of ferals out there that no one was helping and they were in a sorry state, infections, injuries, weak and sick kittens everywhere and the females were in terrible states because of the drain on their bodies from constantly being pregnant. So, we decided we would help these cats so badly let down by humans. How anyone can turn a blind eye to animals suffering is beyond us.
We bought more traps and transfer carriers and set up The Animal House Rescue TNR programme. TNR stands for Trap Neuter and Release and allows the cats to become a friendly colony looking out for each other and doing a useful job with rats and other rodents that cause damage. It also means that the ferals can live a full healthier life and once they are taken by natural causes at the end of their life the colony reduces itself in size causing less of a problem.
We have helped many colonies over the years and learn new tricks all the time. We have dedicated (heated or cooled if needed) recovery pens outside so the ferals aren’t too stressed as they are away from the human hustle and bustle you generally get in a house. The boys stay with us 24 hours and the girls a week as its a big op for the females (a full hysterectomy) ....Whilst at the vets before they come round from the anaesthetic they have 'spot ons' for flea and worm treatment to give them the best start on being released.
We also constantly post on social media begging for feral homes in rural areas, farms, small holdings and stables. This way we cut the numbers in the colonies and the ferals get a better life being fed regularly and with safe warm and dry places to sleep in.
Because the demolition of old factories and warehouses, many cats are being displaced so they need our help more than ever.