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JC Animal Shelter’s ‘TNR’ Program Aims to Slow Feral Cat Population Growth

JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (WIBW) – More than 80 Geary County feral cats are no longer able to reproduce but remain an asset to the community.

In February 2021, Junction City Animal Shelter Manager Vanessa Gray approached Junction City Commissioners to initiate a “Trap, Neuter, and Release” program to help slow the growth of the feral cat population.

Feral cats are helping to reduce the rodent population throughout the city, unfortunately the number of feral cats has been steadily increasing.

“A lot of people think it’s a ‘quick fix’, it takes time for these generations to slow down because they’re not reproducing anymore, so it causes the cats to dwindle and not add more and more .” Vanessa Gray, director of the Junction City Animal Shelter, says.

The shelter works with owners to trap the cats, before bringing them to the shelter for repair.

Students at K-State College of Veterinary Medicine sterilize cats before the shelter returns them to the neighborhoods where they were found.

“My favorite thing about trapping is kind of like fishing, you know, you put your bait in there and wait for something to bite into it, I like to record while they’re getting trapped so that we can have it on the Facebook page.” Junction City Animal Shelter, says animal control officer Kourtney Brodosi.

You can find more information about the “Trap, Neuter, Release” program with the Junction City Animal Shelter Facebook group. Information about feral cat locations can be posted on the group, or you can contact the animal shelter at 785-238-1359.

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