The need is being created by a project to bring a “community cat” colony in Carter County under control. The kittens will remain in foster care until they are ready for adoption. The term community cat is used by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to encompass any unknown cat. including feral cats, lost or abandoned cats, and cats that receive food and intermittent care from a community.
The control project is set to begin Sunday. It is a joint effort between the office of Carter County Mayor Leon Humphrey and the Asheville, N.C.-based Brother Wolf Animal Rescue organization. There is an estimated 80 to 100 community cats in the colony which will be trapped, spay and neutered, rabies vaccinated, and returned to their caregiver after recovery from the sterilization surgery. Due to the number of cats involved, the project is expected to last a month.
The kittens involved in the project will be placed in foster homes. Brother Wolf is appealing to the public for help in fostering the kittens. The organization descried fostering as “fun, easy and rewarding. Anyone interested in fostering is encouraged to complete Brother Wolf’s foster agreement as soon as possible.”
You can fill out the application online at www.bwar.org/volunteer/foster.
If you are unable to foster but would like to donate to the medical care these kittens will require, you may go to www.bwar.org/donate and put in the comments section “Carter County cats.” In addition, kitten supplies for fosters including kitten food (dry/wet), heating pads, Karo syrup and litter boxes can be dropped off at Petsense, 776 W. Elk Ave.
“We are thrilled to assist Carter County with this project and happy we could assist this community cat caregiver,” said Denise Bitz, president of Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. “We are so happy to be working with a government entity who believes in a humane approach to community cats as well as supporting caregivers that care for these cats. Given the number of cats involved, we are expecting quite a few kittens that we are asking for the public’s help with. If you’ve ever wanted to foster, this is your chance. We need you.”
In itsrelease announcing the project, Brother Wolf said “community cats are unowned cats that thrive in communities across the country. Caregivers feed and maintain the colonies, ensuring the animals are spayed/neutered and vaccinated using a method called Trap-Neuter-Return. Over time, the colonies shrink in size as the altered animals die off of natural causes. TNR is the preferred method of humanely and ethically handling community cat colonies.”