Pet rescue leaders offer TNR session

CARIBOU, Maine — The Maine Federation of Humane Societies (MFHS) with assistance from Halfway Home Pet Rescue (HHPR) will present a bring-your-own-brown-bag lunch meeting at the Caribou Public Library, 30 High Street, on Friday March 24, 12:30-3:30pm. 

Katie Hansberry, Maine state director of the Humane Society of the United States, will lead a discussion about community cats, “Bringing TNR from Zero to Hero.” The seminar is free to MFHS and HHPR members, $20 to nonmembers, payable at the event. 

 TNR stands for Trap, Neuter and Return, a program through which feral or free-roaming and un-owned “community” cats are humanely trapped, neutered and returned to their original outdoor home or relocated in colony groups with a responsible volunteer feeder.

Cats and kittens still make up the vast majority of the animals euthanized in shelters and of the 30-40 million community cats in the U.S., only about 2 percent are known to be are sterilized. According to Hansberry, “It is essential that we implement on-the-ground TNR programs that are as effective as possible in order to achieve the best results for cats and our communities.

“This presentation will discuss practices that can help expand the reach and effectiveness of a TNR program including overcoming common barriers, combating the naysayers, tracking success to achieve goals, mobilizing your community, and collaborating for greater impact,” she said.

Anyone interested in the issue of community cats is welcome to attend this presentation.   HHPR President Norma Milton encouraged the public to attend the workshop as April and May are important months for a TNR program.    

“We invite our Aroostook County communities to attend and learn about local TNR programs,” Milton said. “HHPR needs volunteers and we encourage collaboration between other animal welfare organizations in our large county.”    

MFHS is composed of companion animal welfare advocates from Calais to Caribou, Kittery to Ft. Kent, and Wells to Waterville. Learn more about the work of MFHS and animal welfare in Maine at and “Like” the organization on Facebook.

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