Shelter Neuter Return
Marion County implemented a new shelter neuter return (SNR) program in 2019. The purpose of this program is to address the overpopulation issue and reduce unnecessary euthanasia of cats.
"Community cats" is a term which refers to cats who are free-roaming, with or without a caretaker. These cats may be social or feral. They might be fed by humans or fend for themselves. People may refer to them as strays or feral.
Community cats are humanely trapped, sterilized and ear-tipped. Ear-tipping is an industry-wide identification procedure for sterilization. The tip of the left ear is removed, serving as an indicator that the cat has been spayed or neutered.
What are the benefits of an SNR program?
- Reduces mating behaviors such as yowling, fighting, roaming and spraying
- Significantly reduces euthanasia of cats
- May improve quality of life
- It can provide neighborhoods relief to cat overpopulation
What are some benefits of a working cat program?
- Rodent control
- Saves otherwise unadoptable cats
- May provide companionship to other animals
- May generate positive feedback from customers
Both of these programs are popular and widely recommended throughout the animal control and sheltering community. These types of programs are quickly becoming industry standards.
The links below showcase a few successful cat programs. (All communities will differ slightly in policies and procedures.)
If you know of community cats in need of our SNR services or would like to adopt a Working Whisker, please email us or stop by our shelter.