In an effort to reduce the number of homeless animals, beginning at year 2009 "Lesė" has joined the international organization, that participate in "Trap-Neuter-Release" programs.
Why is the old system("Trap-Euthanize-Do not release") ineffective ?
There is a niche that homeless cats have in the environment. A cat that is euthanized leaves an empty place that is always later taken by another cat (for example a cat comes from a nearby yard). The queen starts having kittens and the homeless pet number increases. Moreover, we need cats to stabilize the population of mice.
What is "Trap-Neuter-Return"?
It is the only effective and humane way to reduce homeless cat population. It is used in many countries (USA, Great Britain, Greece, Netherlands and more). During this program the cats are trapped, spayed/neutered in veterinary clinics, vaccinated and released to the same territory. The cats are health checked and vaccinated, meaning that spread of some diseases is stopped and spayed/neutered cats live healthier lives. The cats are also ear tipped so that the pound would not catch them. The returned cats protect their territory and do not produce more kittens, thus stopping the population in the area from growing. These cats continue to reduce rodent population.
For this program to take effect all cats in one area need to be spayed or neutered.
We have received valuable information and support from international organization SNIP International.
We are grateful for a squeeze cage and a trap cage! [Pic. 2]
- First of all volunteers arrive with trap and transport cages. [Pic. 3]
- The traps are set. [Pav. 4]
- The cats, that are caught, are replaced into transport cages. [Pav. 5]
- They are then taken to veterinary clinics, where they are spayed/neutered, dewormed and vaccinated. [pav. 6]
- The cats are also ear tipped. It is an international sign of a feral spayed/neutered cat. It has been arranged with Vilnius animal care home "Grinda", that these cats will not be caught and euthanized. [pav.7]
- After the surgery the cats come to our shelter. [pav. 8]
- Depending on their health and situation they are either released the same day or stay a little bit longer in our care and are returned later.[Pav. 9]
- The territories that these cats live in are registered.
The program takes place in backyards in Vilnius, depending on people asking for us to come and our financial possibilities. We need financial help for this program.
We deal with a huge lack of funding for TNR project… A donation of a 100 LT (42 USD, 26 GBP or 30 EUR)
will allow us to neuter 1 female cat and save at least 6 kittens from death
every year… A donation of 40lt (17 USD,
10 GBP 12 EUR) will allow us to
sterilize one male cat. We would be very thankful for Your support!
Neutering program bank account LT65 7044 0600 0618 6558 (SEB bank, SWIFT code CBVILT2X)
Program coordinator - volunteer Vaiva: 863422051, firstname.lastname@example.org