Campus TNRM for Feral Cats

A Humane Approach For Our Feral Cat Population

at Texas State University - San Marcos

Established August 2004

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Ever considered fostering a cat or kitten? Well, now’s a great time! We have a few adoptable cats, but no space for them at PetsMart. These guys each need a totally indoor home and care for a few weeks. The adults have been neutered, tested for feline AIDS and Leukemia, and vaccinated.

MR. GREY is a kitten of about 8 weeks. Yes, he is grey… and fluffy… with white whiskers. Mr. Grey is very sweet and playful and needs a foster home for 4 to 6 weeks, until he can be neutered and placed for adoption. He will get his first vaccinations soon and is in the process of being de-wormed.

GINO is a grey and white Manx of about 1 year. Until now, he has lived his life on the street, and though he has a small meow and is very affectionate towards people, he tends to attack other male cats. Gino was neutered a few weeks ago and this urge may dissipate after a little more time passes. But, meanwhile…

BOB-TO is an adolescent, grey/brown tabby. He is very sweet, loves to meow, and seems to be good with other cats and dogs.

BABY
is an adolescent, Lynx-point Siamese. He is sweet, though a bit jumpy, and seems to be good with other cats and dogs.

Bob-to and Baby could actually be fostered together. They are from the same colony and get along well. Here’s a helpful link on fostering cats and kittens: http://www.eastbayspca.org/volunteer/FelineManual.pdf

  Thank you to Shirley for volunteering to foster Half-face and her babies!

  Please contact me if you are interested in fostering, too.

  Thanks,

Karen, Liaison

Campus TNRM for Feral Cats

512-665-7717 cell

512-246-7527 work


A feral cat is a domesticated house cat lacking positive socialization with humans. A stray cat is sociable towards humans, but has been separated from its people. Feral cats have long been an issue on the Texas State campus. Historically, the Facilities Department staff trap the cats and they are destroyed at the San Marcos Animal Shelter in the gas chamber. This is only a quick fix, never permanently reducing the population, and is inhumane. So compassionate people from around campus united to form Campus TNRM for Feral Cats (Campus TNRM).

Pioneered at Stanford University campus with Stanford Cat Network, TNRM is a comprehensive program to humanely reduce feral cat populations. Feral cats are safely trapped, neutered, ear-tipped and vaccinated by vets, returned back to their home territory after recovery, and maintained with food and care. Kittens and stray adults are adopted into loving homes after surgery.

TNRM is innovative, non-lethal, and there are many years worth of statistics to prove that it really does work!  The Campus Cat Coalition of the University of Texas at Austin has had tremendous success handling more than 200 cats and maintaining a colony of 30 to 40 feral cats with no new litters since 2000.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) endorses TNRM as the only proven humane and effective method to manage feral cat colonies"--http://www.aspca.org "The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) believes that feral cat overpopulation is a community-generated problem and that every community has a resonsibility to work towards a solution. These cats and their offspring are victims of abandonment, accidental loss, and failure by owners to sterilize their pets. The HSUS advocates community-based TNR programs with ongoing responsible management as the most viable, long-term approack to reduce feral cat populations"--http://www.hsus.org

Campus TNRM is an all-volunteer organization of staff, faculty, students and their families, who donate time to this effort, working closely with the Facilities Department and Residence Life Department.

Please click on any of the links below to learn how we started our group and details of our program. The Helpful Links will direct you to other feral cat management programs around the country including other college programs. Thanks for visiting our site!


Wild About Cats Brochure -
distributed through Residence Life to Texas State students and staff living on campus

Campus Cats TNRMed

31

   kittens & friendly strays adopted after trapped and neutered

126

   adult feral cats returned after trapped and neutered

2

   cats euthanized due to serious injury or illness

159

   TOTAL Campus Cats TNRMed

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Updated on April 27, 2007
Karen, Liaison
Campus TNRM for Feral Cats
Questions or Comments to
kc02@txstate.edu


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