Our mission is to save the lives of homeless animals and promote their adoption by working with the county shelter and community to reach our no-kill vision by 2025. Community/feral cats remain one of the biggest reasons our community hasn't been able to achieve no-kill numbers (a save rate of 90% or higher).
For Giving Tuesday, you can help support our Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program for community cats. The Denton Foundation and another generous donor have agreed to match, dollar for dollar, donations up to $5,000. With your donations, our TNR team can continue to trap stray and feral cats, transport them to clinics for spay/neuter and vaccinations, then return them to where they were trapped or to colonies where they will be fed and monitored. These efforts are critical as we work with the county shelter and community to reach our no-kill vision by 2025.
TNR reduces the number of kittens and cats entering the shelter, thus saving taxpayer dollars. A single female cat can have 3 to 5 litters per year, averaging 3 kittens each. That escalates into over 2 million cats in 8 years if you consider one unspayed female and her offspring each produce 2 litters with 2.8 surviving kittens per year!
In 2019, the Friends of Burlington County Animal Shelter spent $51,592 to fix over 1,438 cats and pit-bull type dogs. As of August 2020, the Friends of the Burlington County Animal Shelter had facilitated spay/neuter surgeries for 1,048 community/feral cats.
Your support ensures our TNR team can respond to all requests from community cat caregivers for assistance. The typical TNR call averages between 5 and 10 feral cats and, in some cases, our services have helped gather colonies of 25 and greater. Our TNR team also lends traps and provides guidance to citizens who want to help community cats. Motivated by a personal reason, Tracey Keij-Denton is one person who stepped up this year and took advantage of the knowledge and skills the Friends imparted. Read her story here: A Helping Hand.