TheLac La Biche Regional Humane Society believes that the most humane, effective, and financially sustainable strategy for controlling feral (free-roaming) cat populations is Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), whereby ferals are trapped, sterilized, vaccinated, and returned to their colony of origin. TNR programs have the ability to stabilize the population of a feral cat colony and, over time, reduce it. At the same time, the objectionable spraying, vocalizing and fighting behaviors of cats in the colony are largely eliminated. Our policy includes procedures and guidelines to coordinate the humane trapping, spaying or neutering and sometimes re-homing of feral cats within the Lac La Biche County Region to improve the health and welfare of the feral cat population (both urban and rural) through a volunteer-based initiative; thereby proactively addressing feral cat complaints and reducing health risk to the public.
In order to stabilize and eventually reduce the feral cat population through attrition, the LLBRHS supports the management of feral cat colonies through TNR, distribution of exclusionary devices and deterrents, and public education regarding the humane management of feral cats. Ideally, the management of feral cat colonies should include trapping, scanning for the presence of a microchip, vaccination, sterilization, ear “notching” (surgical notching of one ear as a visible sign that the cat has been sterilized).
To work with us and become a feral cat colony volunteer please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.orgFeral colony caretakers must be able to set traps and monitor throughout the day (traps will need to be monitored more frequently on hot or rainy days, and cannot be set when temperatures are freezing). Caretaker must be able to transport trapped ferals to and from the vet clinic(Lakeland Animal Care Group). The LLBRHS takes care of all costs involved with the TNR process. Traps can only be set on Mondays through Thursdays for cats to be sterilized at the vet clinic.