Press and General Media

General Media

For general inquiries, please contact board member Lisa Kay Peters at 920.784.6584 or lisakay@catsanonymous.org.

Cats Anonymous Video: a promotional video of Cats Anonymous Green Bay, WI conducting a Spay Day.

TNR article in the Green Bay Press Gazette: 'Trap-neuter-return' program helps control feral cat population by Malavika Jagannathan. March 11, 2010.

Press Releases

NINE YEARS AND NINE THOUSAND CATS - CATS ANONYMOUS APPROACHES MILESTONE

November 13, 2014

Contact: Lisa Kay Peters, Cats Anonymous Board of Directors

(920)784-6584 admin@catsanonymous.org

Cats Anonymous is expecting to reach a milestone this Saturday: the 9,000th feral cat spayed or neutered through their program called Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). They expect to hit that mark during an already exciting day for their volunteers - a first-time collaboration with the Globe University Green Bay campus and members of their Veterinary Technician program.

"We normally target about 100 cats in a single day at one of our high-volume, high-quality clinics, but we are going for twice as many thanks to the support of Globe University," says Lisa Kay Peters, member of the Cats Anonymous Board of Directors. "Their campus affords us more space to work in, and their veterinary technician students and staff are an important part of a larger volunteer crew needed. We are so excited and grateful for this opportunity!"

Peters notes that the animal-loving community is coming to realize that not all cats can live indoors. If they were born and raised outside, they are accustomed to that life. "We are working hard to keep up with the demand, as we are the only TNR resource available in several counties. Most pet owners understand how critical it is to spay and neuter, but as a community we also have to also address the cats who really do not have an owner, the ones who are not anyone's pet. That is where we come in."

Feral cats are members of the domestic cat species, but they have not been raised as pets. Trap-Neuter-Return programs humanely trap and bring them to a veterinarian to be evaluated, spayed or neutered and vaccinated. Cats that have undergone the procedure are eartipped while under anesthesia (a small portion of the left ear is painlessly removed for identification).

Trap-Neuter-Return Success In Howard and Suamico

July 25, 2012

Contact: Monica Hoff, Cats Anonymous Board President

(920)434-7953 monhoff55@hotmail.com

Green Bay, WI - Cats Anonymous, Inc. helped the Villages of Howard and Suamico be more animal-friendly communities thanks to a grant from PetSmart Charities(r). The grant was made to provide residents of Howard and Suamico choices when it comes to cats living outside. The goals include reducing the overall population of feral cats and decreasing the numbers of kittens and feral adults being turned into local shelters.

The grant funds covered the costs of rabies vaccines and surgical supplies for 300 cats. The program only applies to unsocialized cats living outdoors, not to pet cats. Also, 25 live traps were purchased to help ensure the group could capture entire colonies to reach 100% sterilization rates. Cats Anonymous continues to monitor the populations involved, and reports the total number of cats has decreased from 512 at the start in 2009 to just 330 cats as of August 2011.

The organization cites cooperation from area municipalities as a significant step forward in meeting the challenges associated with feral cats in a manner that not only is well-received by residents as a humane choice, but also actually works in the long term. The community saves an estimated $50 - $100 per cat by using Trap-Neuter-Return instead of traditional removal.

Monica Hoff, Animal Control officer for the villages said, "TNR is not only more effective in controlling the feral cat population, but many people will not call animal control if the cat is going to be destroyed. More cats seem to be reported when TNR is an option."