The Kitty Cat Roundup is a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program for feral cats living in Woodford County. The TNR services are provided by the HOPE Spay-Neuter Clinic in Versailles and funded by the Elizabeth Simms Gay Spay/Neuter Endowment Fund, which is administered by the Woodford Humane Society. The Kitty Cat Roundup began in March 2004 and four times per year, approximately 70 cats have been sterilized and vaccinated.  


What is a Feral Cat?  

Feral cats are cats who have wandered away from their home, were abandoned by their owners, or were kittens of an unsterilized pet. They are often called free-roaming or stray cats. Feral cats usually live in colonies that average 12-15 cats where a source of food and shelter has already been established. Some people view feral cats as a nuisance and annoyance, and seek to eliminate the problem through extermination. However, Trap-Neuter-Return is more effective and less costly than euthanasia. 


What is Trap-Neuter-Return?

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is a program growing in popularity with groups all over the country in which feral cats are trapped, using safe and humane traps. They are then taken to a veterinarian to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and then returned to their colony.


Why is TNR the Best Option? 

TNR stabilizes and reduces feral cat populations. When colonies of feral cats are removed by extermination, more cats inhabit the vacated area. Vacated areas are soon filled by other cats who start the breeding process over again. On the other hand, TNR programs stabilize and maintain healthy colonies so that in time, the colony size shrinks because there is no more breeding.


Volunteers set out humane traps near feral colonies several days before the date of the Round-Up, allowing the cats to get accustomed to the traps for an easier capture. Once trapped, the cats are then transported for surgery. Upon arrival at the Clinic, veterinarians, technicians, and a team of volunteers then prepare the cats for surgery.


During their stay at the Clinic, each cat is spayed or neutered, receives a three-year rabies shot, receives antibiotics, is treated for fleas and intestinal parasites, and has his or her ears cleaned and treated for ear mites. The Clinic will tip the left ear to make future identification as an altered cat simple.  After surgery, volunteers monitor the cats’ recovery until they are returned to their homes. This is often the only time these cats will ever be touched by human hands. 







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