TNR in Volusia County
The term TNR comes up frequently in animal rescue circles but not everyone has heard of it. TNR stands for "Trap, Neuter, Return", or "Trap, Neuter, Release". It is the practice of trapping feral, or free roaming cats and having them spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and then released back into their colony. Upon return, they have a small 'tip' cut out of their ear which identifies them as part of a protected colony. Whether people love or hate cats, this practice WORKS.
Feral, or free roaming cats, when not 'fixed' can become nuisances especially when breeding. They mark their territory and become noisy and this is when business owners or individuals start getting upset. It costs our cities a lot of money to impound and euthanize these animals.
Taking them away and euthanizing them however, is not the solution as this creates what is known as a 'vacuum effect' where other cats just move into the area, and the problem starts up again. Relocating also is not an option as the cats will roam miles to return back to their 'home', often crossing busy roads which leads to accidents. When cats are trapped and neutered the breeding and nuisance behavior stops, the numbers stop growing and eventually the population declines. It is much more cost effective to trap, neuter, and release a cat, than it is to impound and euthanize it. The bottom line is, animals do not need to die when we have a tried and tested humane option (TNR) that works and saves money!
SIGN UP FOR TNR IN YOUR MUNICIPALITY
Below is a list of the Cities that have adopted TNR Programs and provide funding for cat spaying and neutering, vaccinations for rabies and distemper and ear tipping for identification.
New Smyrna Beach
Unincorporated Volusia County
CITY AND COUNTY TNR CONTACT INFORMATION
TNR Program for Daytona Beach, Edgewater, Holly Hill, New Smryna Beach, Port Orange and South Daytona are administered by CCFAW. Please leave your name, address, phone number and the approximate number of cats in your colony in your email or phone message as messages without this information will not be returned. Email: Pat at email@example.com ~ Call: Marea at 386-760-6330.
Debary/Orange City: Call Heather Crowne at 407-810-6071
Deland: Jennie Fiore, 386-626-7454 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deltona: Call Heidi Herzberg at 386-405-8335
Oak Hill: Contact Farmhouse Cats by email at email@example.com or on Facebook under Farmhouse Cats
Orange City/Debary: Call Heather Crowne at 407-810-6071
Ormond Beach: Call Ormond Beach Animal Control Contact Officer JoAnn Owen at 386-676-3262
Ponce Inlet: Call Nancy Epps at 386-795-2310
Unincorporated Volusia County: Volusia County Animal Services - Call 386-248-1790 and choose option 4 for a direct line to VCAS