Did you know that just one cat and her kittens can be responsible for thousands of offspring in but a few years if nothing is done?
S.H.A.I.D. TNR was formed by a small group of concerned volunteers and a generous benefactor in July 2007 and, since then we have spayed/neutered over 900 cats.
We are a part of S.H.A.I.D. and our mission is to reduce cat overpopulation among strays and ferals along the South Shore of Nova Scotia, especially in Lunenburg County.
We aim to accomplish our goal by using a proven humane method called Trap, Neuter and Return or TNR. TNR has been used, with success, in many areas around the world. To learn more about TNR in general, visit www.alleycat.org, the home of Alley Cat Allies, the "founders" of TNR in North America. In Nova Scotia, there are several groups working in different areas across the province. Most, like us, are volunteers and rely on funding from donors and fundraisers to pay the costs of spaying and neutering the cats. A list of groups across the province can be found at www.nshomelesspets.com
Currently, we are focusing our efforts on groups of cats that already have a caregiver who is prepared to continue to provide food and shelter for them once they are returned. Cats are trapped in a live trap, taken to the vet to be neutered and returned to their colony, all within a few days. With large colonies, it may take several weeks or even months to complete the job. Note: This program is NOT for cats which were stray and have been tamed and live in your home. You may apply to the S.H.A.I.D. Spay/Neuter Assistance fund for help in paying for their neutering. Applications are available from most vets or from the shelter.
S.H.A.I.D. TNR operates from approximately March to December but you may certainly call to get on the waiting list (yes, there usually is one) at any time.
Please call Lynne 688-1654 (winter time) or Beth 543-5909. Call the shelter at 543-4849 7 days/week 11 to 3.
A brochure is available with more information and for you to hand out to inform others of our services by clicking here.
INSULATED WINTER SHELTERS: In the heat of the summer or in early fall, it is actually a good time to think about creating a warm and comfy shelter for your feral cat(s). Here are a few ideas from a search of the internet. Remember to always use straw for bedding NEVER blankets which get wet and stay wet.
http://cats-pei.ca/how_you_can_help.html (photos of many types of shelters...they don't have to be fancy)