The Surface Creek Animal Shelter, the Town of Cedaredge, and the Surface Creek Veterinary Center are sponsoring a trap, neuter/spay, and release (TNR) program for feral and wild cats in the Surface Creek area.
There are a number of community cats in the Surface Creek area that have been abandoned or lost, born to stray mothers, are feral, or have never been socialized with people. This overpopulation of cats leads to continuing litters of kittens being born, many of which are brought to the Surface Creek Animal Shelter for feeding, care, and spay/neutering. The TNR release program is the humane way to address the cat overpopulation in the area.
The TNR program involves humanely trapping the cats and transporting them to the Surface Creek Veterinary Center to be spayed or neutered and vaccinated. The cats are then released back into the same area where they had been living. The TNR program reduces the number of kittens born in that area, helps fight the spread of disease among the cats, reduces yowling at night when females are in heat, and will reduce the numbers of cats coming through the shelter. This program also assures new cats don't come into the territory and will, over time, reduce the feral and wild cat population. There is no cost to participate in the program. Funding for the neuter/spay program comes from the Town of Cedaredge, the Surface Creek Animal Shelter, the Surface Creek Veterinary Center, and from the Summerlee Foundation.
To participate in the program, town residents should contact Carrie at the Cedaredge Police Department at 970-856-4301. Those in the Surface Creek Valley area living outside of the Cedaredge town limits must contact Jacki Dapkus at the Surface Creek Animal Shelter, 970-856-2346. Completion of a short questionnaire is required to be sure that the cats in question will qualify for the program -- owned cats are not eligible. An approved trap can then be obtained with a $35 deposit. The trapper should contact Surface Creek Veterinary Center to make a neuter/spay appointment for a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. The cats are then trapped a day or two before the appointment and taken to the center for surgery. Female cats can generally be released 24 hours after surgery; male cats can be released 12 hours after surgery. Cats are only accepted by the Veterinary Center if they are in a trap provided by the police department or the animal shelter and are accompanied by all the required, completed paperwork.
Once the cats are released, the trap must be returned before the deposit is refunded. Participation in this program is a humane and positive way to help reduce the overpopulation of feral and wild cats in our area. The program helps to improve the health and well being of the cat population, and it helps the animal shelter by reducing the number of kittens and cats brought in. This allows for more room and resources to be used for other companion animals in our area.