Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return, or TNVR, improves the lives of cats, addresses community concerns, reduces complaints about cats, and stops the breeding cycle, according to leading cat advocacy group, Alley Cat Allies. To further this cause, the shelter is sterilizing and vaccinating up to 50 community cats on the last Saturday of each month.
To help decrease the feral cat population countywide, the Lake County Animal Shelter hosts "Operation Community Caturday," a partnership between the shelter and LEASH, Inc., with the goal of sterilizing 600 free-roaming cats per year.
Residents who are feeding outdoor cats are encouraged to register online for a TNVR appointment. The cost of the surgery will be $10 per cat, paid directly to the shelter by cash or card. Appointments are limited to five cats per resident per month, and each cat must arrive at the shelter on Friday between 6 and 7 p.m., or Saturday between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. All cats must be in a humane trap, be healthy, and be a minimum of four pounds. Trapping and returning the cats is the responsibility of the caregiver and not a service provided by the shelter. Residents are required to pick-up the cats after surgery on Saturday afternoon and return them to the location where the cat was trapped. Operation Community Caturday is limited to unowned, free-roaming cats, and all cats will be eartipped.
Participants may sign up directly via Eventbrite at bit.ly/CaturdayTix