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Why You Should Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR)

Do you have a feral colony in your neighborhood?  Take control of this colony by Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR).  It is safe and stops the overpopulation that is taking over our counties.  Please continue reading.  If you need help there are organizations that will do it for free.  Operation Catnip,  and our very own SNIF program.

Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) is an effective way to control feral colonies.  Feral cats are found in every community.  When cats are not sterilized they reproduce. Cats and their offspring bond together in groups called colonies.  The colonies stay where there is a food source.  People care for colonies and provide food, water, and shelter.

To manage colonies, Trap/Neuter/Return is the only solution.  TNR is humane and painless.  Cats will no longer reproduce and the colony is manageable.
TNR is the only chance that feral cats have to live a safe and healthy life.  TNR requires commitment.

Why TNR?

The average life of a feral cat is 18 months.
Cats can reproduce as young as 5 months of age.
The gestation period of a cat is 56-65 days.  A cat can go into heat every 14-21 days.
An unaltered cat and their offspring can produce over 400,000 cats in 7 years.

Early spay/neuter is beneficial to cats because :

  •        it produces less scar tissue
  •        it is less stressful on the cat
  •        there is a shorter recovery period when the cat is very young 
  •        there is a lower risk of complications from surgeries
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Why Spay/Neuter Your Pets

Why spay or neuter?

            Every year, millions of unwanted dogs and cats, including puppies and kittens, are euthanized. The good news is that responsible pet owners can make a difference. By having your dog or cat sterilized, you will do your part to prevent the birth of unwanted puppies and kittens. Spaying and neutering prevent unwanted litters, help protect against some serious health problems, and may reduce many of the behavioral problems associated with the mating instinct.

Removing a female dog or cat’s ovaries eliminates heat cycles and generally reduces the unwanted behaviors that may lead to owner frustration. Removing the testes from male dogs and cats reduces the breeding instinct, making them less inclined to roam and more content to stay at home.

Early spaying of female dogs and cats can help protect them from some serious health problems later in life such as uterine infections and breast cancer. Neutering your male pet can also lessen its risk of developing benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate gland) and testicular cancer.

The procedure has no effect on a pet’s intelligence or ability to learn, play, work or hunt. Some pets tend to be better behaved following surgical removal of their ovaries or testes, making them more desirable companions.

Did you know that Paws For Life has a low-income spay neuter program?  SNIF (Spay Neuter In Franklin County).   If your household income is below $50,000 you can get your pets altered for free to a low copay.  Go to http://pawsforlifenc.org/programs/spay-neuter-in-franklin-county/ to get more information.

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Thank You Waste Industries


Paws For Life would like to thank Waste Industries for donating to our SNIF program.  Waste Industries presented Paws For Life NC with a check for $5,000 to help spay/neuter more animals in our area. Saving more lives from going into our local shelters. Thank you, Lee Bodenhamer, with the Vance County Waste Industries for suggesting Paws For Life with this grant. “Together We Can Do So Much More”

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Article on Keeping Your Dog Intact

If you decide to delay spaying or neutering your dog, for whatever length of time or whatever reason, here is something else to consider- Some people just may not be cut out to deal with an intact male or female dog in their household. Here are some caveats and considerations:

1. Female dogs do not get menstrual periods like humans, as some people mistakenly believe; they come into “heat,” or “season,” once or twice a year – the three to four days in their cycle when their unfertilized eggs ripen. (Though both biological processes involve bleeding, it’s inaccurate to compare a woman’s monthly cycle, which is an infertile time, to the heat in the female dog, which is quite the opposite. Dogs get pregnant while bleeding.) Some dogs cycle every six months; more primitive breeds, such as Basenjis or Tibetan Mastiffs, come into heat only once a year.

2. Female dogs can only get pregnant when they’re in heat, after about 6 months of age. Some females will show physical signs of readiness – their discharge will lighten in color, and they will “flag,” or lift their tail up and to the side. Others will show no behavioral changes; still others will “stand” and accept a suitor at any time in their cycle, even days before or after they are fertile. If you cannot be absolutely certain of identifying the signs of heat in your female, and securing her during this time, spay her. Intact males are frighteningly persistent in reaching the object of their desires; they will hurl themselves through glass windows, and might even attempt (and succeed) at breeding a female through the wires of a crate. Continue reading “Article on Keeping Your Dog Intact”