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Tulane Students Care for Feral Cats

October 8, 2007

Kathryn Hobgood
Phone: 504-865-5229

khobgood@tulane.edu

In observance of National Feral Cat Day on Oct. 16, the Tulane Green Club's Campus Cats program is hosting an education booth in the Lavin-Bernick Center to raise awareness about feral cats and to raise money for their TRAP-NEUTER-RELEASE (TNR) program.

From 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Campus Cats will offer information on TNR and invites Tulane staff, faculty and students to tell them about any cats they have seen around campus. The group is accepting monetary donations for the TNR program; donors will receive orange ribbons, which symbolize support for the humane treatment of feral cats. Campus Cats is also accepting donations of canned wet cat food and tuna, which will be used as bait while trapping feral campus cats.

TNR is a nationwide movement towards a more humane way to manage feral cat populations. Entire feral colonies such as Tulane’s are humanely trapped, then evaluated, vaccinated, and neutered by veterinarians. Kittens and cats that are tame enough to be adopted are placed in good homes. Adult cats are returned to their familiar habitat to live out their lives under the watchful care of program volunteers.

A tell-tale sign that a cat has been trapped, neutered and released is that it will have a small notch on the tip of its ear.

Information on how well TNR works is beginning to accumulate. According to the Stanford University Cat Network, they reduced their feral population from an estimated 1500 cats to 200 over a ten-year period.

For more information about Tulane’s Campus Cats program, contact Meg Gauley at 504-577-0169 or mgauley@tulane.edu

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