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We are proud to announce that after 5 years of working through our pilot program designed to show that Trap Neuter and Release works and saves lives, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners voted to implement a new ordinance allowing healthy feral cats to be returned to their natural homes.  This ordinance went into effect November 2017.
Regardless of your position on feral and free-roaming cats, there is overwhelming evidence gathered from successful programs throughout our state and country that the most effective way for communities to handle this special population is Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR).

All feral and free-roaming cats brought to HSTC are evaluated for the TNVR program. These cats have displayed behaviors unsuitable for placement in a home environment.  Eligible cats must have been thriving in their natural environment and must be physically able to continue to maintain a high quality of life in the outdoors.  TNVR cats are then spayed or neutered, microchipped, vaccinated for rabies, evaluated by a veterinarian, treated with Revolution, and ear tipped to identify them as spayed, neutered and vaccinated.  

After recovery, the cats then humanely returned to their home or their colony—outdoors.
Simply removing feral cats from their territory – whether to trap and euthanize, rescue, or relocate to another site or place in a sanctuary – does nothing to lower the number of feral cats in our community. New cats replace the old ones and nothing much changes in terms of overpopulation and nuisance behavior. Something about the location brought the original cats there and that will continue to attract more cats to the location.  It could be shelter, a food source, mating or other factors. 
TNVR is the answer for Martin County Community Cats!
TNVR stabilizes the population (fewer to no births), results in lower animal control costs, reduces nuisance complaints by residents, address neighbors’ concerns, alleviates public health concerns, and improves the cats’ lives.  This life saving program helps the entire community reach a solution that benefits everyone. Support of TNVR, along with an aggressive public education program emphasizing the benefits of spaying and neutering, is critical in the effort to stem the feral and free-roaming cat populations in communities Martin County. 
• TNVR stabilizes feral/free-roaming cat populations by ending reproduction. The population will eventually decline.
• Nuisance behavior often associated with feral and free-roaming cats is dramatically reduced.  This includes yowling and fighting during mating activity and the odor of unneutered males spraying to mark their territory. Eventually the noise of cats fighting over mating rights is and male urine spray smells are eliminated.
• Calls to authorities regarding stray cats decrease significantly and community morale improves.
• TNVR improves their lives; cats live healthier, more peaceful lives after TNVR.
• TNVR protects their lives. Nearly 100% of feral cats entering shelters are euthanized because they cannot be adopted due to behavior issues.
• TNVR stops wasteful spending. Catching and euthanizing cats has not produced results for decades. Continuing that approach is a waste of taxpayer dollars.


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Palm City, Florida 34990

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