The Rehoboth Board of Selectmen in February 2016 voted to approve a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program in Rehoboth and to accept the offer of Rehoboth Animal Advocates (RAA) organization to conduct the TNR program. Rehoboth Animal Advocates will operate the TNR program independently of Animal Control and the town shelter. The shelter will take in only the cats or kittens that are deemed adoptable after being trapped. Animal Control will also become involved in cases involving rabies quarantine.
Feral cats, also called community cats, are animals that are either undomesticated or abandoned. They typically live in colonies. Their life span is about three years.
To control colony populations.
More practical and successful than removal.
Neutered cats do not engage in mating behavior.
Neutered males do not fight, or spray.
Euthanasia is financially and psychologically more costly.
Protects from environmental damage.
Neutering will minimize the size of the colony
The specifics of TNR:
The colony site caregiver contacts RAA. The caregiver is responsible for giving food and water and shelter.
A pair of volunteers will assess the colony and caregiver will sign a release that allows RAA to trap and confirms with RAA that the caregiver will continue to feed and water after cat(s) are returned.
Volunteers set traps and wait on site for cats to go in.
Once the cats are trapped, they are brought to the holding area where they will be held until their neutering appointment.
Cats when neutered, receive rabies and distemper vaccinations and ear tipping to mark the cat as sterilized.
After sterilization, the cat is held for usually 1-5 days and then returned to their colony. Any medical issues are addressed on individual basis.
TNR is done during April - November, weather permitting.
As of April 2018, the TNR program has neutered 19 cats.
In 2017, the TNR program through RAA neutered 145 cats.
In 2016, the TNR program through RAA neutered 82 cats.
If you would like assistance with a feral cat colony, please contact us at rehobothanimaladvocatesMA@gmail.com or through RehobothAnimalAdvocatesMA on Facebook.
Statistical Charts Below for 2016-2018. Place your cursor on the bars to bring up individual month stats. If you would like to review a spreadsheet, please contact us at the above email.