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New Posters for TNR (Trap Neuter Release) Programs

January 3, 2011

New Posters for TNR!

TNR (Trap Neuter Release) is one of the most effective and humane methods of controlling the homeless cat population. TNR is a system wherein stray cats are humanely caught, neutered and then released back into their home territory. Using TNR method the population of stray cats can be significantly reduced by preventing subsequent litters.

Colonies of feral cats that have gone through the TNR program have benefitted by not only reducing their numbers but also by preventing diseases spread through fighting and mating such as Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. Smaller colonies are also healthier due to less competition for food, shelter and care.

In one year a single unspayed female cat can have up to four litters with an average of four to six kittens. If even only half of her daughters go on to have their own litters there will be another 100 kittens born into the world in the next year alone. It is only by preventing these litters that we can make real headway in reducing the homeless cat population.

TNR has a short history in Japan and many people are not even aware that such programs exist. If you are interested in raising awareness of the TNR program in your area please consider displaying posters in your neighborhood. The posters below are courtesy of Mamoru Takazawa and they are free for anyone to download and print. You can also contact the photographer himself who will send you photo quality prints for a modest 540yen fee that includes postage.