In partnership wth the 9th Life, we are educating and promoting community involvement in managing feral cat populations as well as identifying and assisting feral colony managers with a trap/neuter/release program.
Our feral cat program provides resources for individuals attempting to care for feral cats. Our program helps reduce the overpopulation of cats in central Kentucky by spaying or neutering colony members. To increase the quality of the lives of our ferals, we also vaccinate them when we trap them to be spayed/neutered. If possible, when kittens are born into colonies, we tame them and put them in our adoption program.
If you would like assistance with your colony in central Kentucky, please email the Holly’s Place Cat Program.
We have some good information in the links above, but have really just begun this section of the website. For comprehensive information on all aspects of feral trapping, health, and working with your community on trap, neuter, release (TNR) programs, as well as links to programs in all states, check out Alley Cat Allies‘ information pages. They are experts in this field and are who we modeled our program after (on a much smaller scale, of course). Also, if you are in Kentucky, there is a Louisville based group whose primary goal is TNR. You can access their website at Alley Cat Advocates. The HSUS also now has a section of their website devoted to feral cat issues. You can check this out here.
We would love to expand and improve our program, but we need more volunteers to do so. If you are in the central Kentucky area and would like to head up this program, please contact us. We are in need of someone to write for grants and to get the word out about our program, as well as writing educational pieces for the website and distribution in the community. We also need someone to handle the consulting with individuals on TNR, as well as people who can actually go out in the community and do some of the trapping.
Below is a picture of how to build an inexpensive, insulated cat shelter. Supplies: Two rubber maid tubs, one small and one large, with lids; Foam insulation; Straw; Utility knife to cut insulation and the tubs.