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Become a Certified Caretaker for Stray & Feral Cats in Queens

(Photo by Maggie O'Neill)
(Photo by Maggie O’Neill)
Free Workshop Provides TNR Certification

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 – Queens, NY – On Saturday, March 7, and Saturday, April 4, 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., Queens residents (18 years and older) are invited to attend a free TNR certification workshop where they will gain the knowledge and skills needed to help the feral and stray community cats in the neighborhood and in any part of New York City. Through live demonstrations and informative video presentations, participants will learn about feral cats, how to distinguish feral cats from stray cats, their history and behavior; the steps of humane trapping; and how to care for feral cat colonies. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will become Certified TNR Caretakers and will be eligible for support and resources to help them maintain their community cat colonies, while immediately improving the lives of the cats.

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the most effective and humane approach to managing feral cat colonies and reducing the number of cats over time. During TNR, cats are humanely trapped by trained volunteer caregivers. They then are brought to veterinary clinics, where they are spayed or neutered, vaccinated against rabies, marked with an “eartip” to identify the cat as sterilized and vaccinated, and then returned to the exact location where they were trapped. TNR greatly reduces nuisance behaviors while maintaining the benefit of natural rodent control that the community cats provide. It is estimated that there are tens of thousands of community cats throughout the five boroughs.

The workshop is designed by the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, the ASPCA, and Alley Cat Allies, and hosted by the NYC Feral Cat Initiative of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, CSM Stray Foundation, and SaveKitty Foundation.

Advance registration is required.

Saturday, March 7, 2015
11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Queens Library – Far Rockaway Branch, 1637 Central Avenue, Far Rockaway
RSVP Online: bit.ly/TNR150307
Saturday, April 4, 2015
11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Queens Library – Steinway Branch, 21-45 31st Street, Astoria
RSVP Online: bit.ly/TNR150404


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Mayor's Alliance for NYC's AnimalsAbout the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals®
The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals® is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity that works with more than 150 partner rescue groups and shelters to offer important programs and services that save the lives of NYC’s homeless animals. We are supported entirely by donations from foundations, corporations, and individuals and receive no government funding. Since our founding in 2003, we have remained committed to transforming New York City into a no-kill community by 2015, meaning that no dogs or cats of reasonable health and temperament will be killed merely because they do not have homes. www.AnimalAllianceNYC.org

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