For Immediate Release
Contact: Michelle Pintar
Phone: (414) 431-6104
That a Cat That Just Darted By?
16 is National Feral Cat Day; WHS Promotes Trap-Neuter-Return
– You see cats in allies, sitting under
bushes and running through the neighborhood. Where
are their cat's guardians? Who worries about
their care? These amazing creatures found
in our neighborhoods may be feral or unsocialized
cats and without our help their population will
continue to increase in Milwaukee County.
To honor National Feral
Cat Day on October 16, the Wisconsin Humane Society
stresses that Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the only
humane method that has shown a reasonable chance
of controlling feral cat populations in urban environments
like Milwaukee. TNR means that cats are trapped,
spayed/neutered and re-released into a supervised
offers numerous advantages, including helping to
end the breeding of more unwanted cats and helping
neighbors to live more harmoniously with the cats.
Other benefits of TNR include helping to return
socialized cats at large to their homes, or to new
homes through adoption; and decreasing the cost
to government animal control for their care and
being more humanitarian.
Since city ordinances
currently restrict TNR, few alternatives exist to
reduce the cat population. WHS is encouraging members
of the community to voice their support. The
community can do the following:
Spay/neuter your own companion animal and keep your
Educate your friends, family and neighbors about
feral cats, cat overpopulation and TNR.
Tell your Alderperson that you support changes to
local ordinances that would allow TNR in Milwaukee.
If you have a feral cat problem in your neighborhood,
meet with neighbors to discuss it or become a Community
Cat Caregiver. To find out more, call (414)
Opportunity: Paris and her five 8-week-old
litter of kittens are free-roaming feral cats found
in an alley by a junk collector. To photograph the
kittens or talk with Jill DeGrave with the Wisconsin
Humane Society about TNR on Monday, October 16 before
2:30 p.m., contact Michelle Pintar at (414) 431-6104.