Best Friends just published a fantastic educational video on how to responsibly and safely perform TNR for feral and community cats. The details provided in the video are exceptional and perfect examples of the expertise that this organization has developed over their many years of working towards their overarching goal of “No More Homeless Pets.”
- Preparing and attaching a “Cage Card” to let others know what you’re doing, that you’re not harming the animal, and contact info where they can reach you
- Limiting the amount of the food in the trap in preparation for surgery the next day
- Covering the trap and knowing how often to check it
Recently, at a dog welfare forum addressing the stray dog population in Detroit, I heard someone ask a question about the possibility of using the T-N-R model with stray dogs as well. And I was pleasantly surprised to hear someone quickly respond and explain that stray dog populations and stray cat populations work differently and that whereas a cat can be safely removed and returned to the same cat community without significant social ramifications, the same cannot be said for dogs. Removing a dog from its group for a few days and then returning it upsets the group dynamic and will most likely lead to the dog being attacked or run off. I know little to nothing about feral and stray dog behavior, but I thought it was an incredibly interesting topic and just one more indication of the importance of learning about the nature of the work you’re doing before you dive in head first.