Garden City residents weigh in on Trap-Neuter-Release program for cats

During Tuesday’s Garden City Commission meeting, residents spoke both in support and opposition to the Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) program being used locally to trap feral cats.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, Kay Gillespie, with the Finney County Humane Society, explained the TNR program, which she spearheaded a couple of years ago for the FCHS.

Volunteers trap feral cats, take them to a participating veterinarian to be spayed or neutered, receive rabies vaccinations, be dewormed, tested for feline leukemia and treated for ear mites.

The vet also snips off the left ear tip, a universal indication that a cat has gone through a TNR.

The cats are then returned to where they were trapped.

On Jan. 19, Gillespie asked commissioners to consider modifying city ordinances regarding stray cats after several cats were euthanized that were part of a downtown colony that had gone through the TNR program in 2014.

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