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Lake Humane Society offering a trap, neuter, release program to help with control feral cat population

Posted at 10:24 AM, Jun 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-30 19:37:05-04

MENTOR, Ohio — Lake Humane Society will begin offering Trap Neuter Release service Tuesday.

“We get a lot of kittens in every year because of feral mommas and community cat mommas,” said Lee Nesler, the director of Lake Humane Society.

Nesler said through the TNR program, they can humanely work to stop the feral cat breeding cycle and help control Lake County’s cat colonies.

The Lake Human Society will give out live box traps to any community member to catch the cats. Residents can bring them to the shelter where the cats will be spayed or neutered, given a rabies vaccine, ear tipped and then returned to their outdoor home.

“We want to make sure the animals in the community, whether they’re in the shelter or not in the shelter, can rely on us for assistance,” Nesler said.

She said this helps not only the cats, but community and neighborhood relations.

“One neighbor is feeding the cats and the other one doesn’t like the cats in their yard,” she said.

Lake Humane is not open in its full capacity due to COVID-19, but Nesler said through grants they had the opportunity to begin the TNR program and they didn’t want to wait.

“Because of all the things that have happened in these past 3 months, we realized that we don’t just want to help the handful of animals that are now with us,” she said. “We want to provide and we want to elevate the entire county, and that means owned animals, as well as community animals, making sure they get the care they need.”

TNR appointments will be scheduled on Tuesdays. Thursdays and Saturdays will be added as the schedule fills.

All animals must arrive at the Lake Humane Society clinic between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. on the day of their scheduled appointment. All cats must be community or feral and arrive in a humane trap, if not the one provided by Lake Humane Society.

The cost for TNR is $25 for Lake County residents.

Email or call 440-951-6122 X116 and include number of cats, approximate age and the best phone number to reach you.