TNVR Operation Series Aims to Reduce Cat Overpopulation
Taylor County, Florida (December 4, 2023) – RedRover® was on the ground over the last few days helping Operation Catnip, A Hound to Hold, Inc. and others in a humane Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR) operation for 152 community cats in thanks to a generous donation from BISSELL Pet Foundation.
The operation worked hard to assist community cats (and their caretakers) in ethically keeping cat overpopulation down in areas where they will be most impacted by hurricanes and flooding.
Teams humanely trapped, spay/neutered, vaccinated, and treated the cats for parasites (fleas and worms), as well as other injuries/illnesses as needed. The cats are being returned to the specific location where they were trapped at the conclusion of the operation.
RedRover sent a Team Leader and nine RedRover Responders volunteers who assisted in humanely trapping and transporting cats to and from the temporary shelter, where they also cared for the cats and ensured they had food, fresh water, and a clean space.
RedRover Director of Field Services Beth Gammie said, “Because of BISSELL Pet Foundation’s generous support, we are able to safely reduce the community cat population in this disaster-prone region. We are so grateful for BISSELL Pet Foundation and our partners Operation Catnip, A Hound to Hold, Inc., and the community volunteers who made these efforts possible.”
With more than 4,700 trained volunteers in the United States and Canada, RedRover can deploy its volunteers quickly when communities become overburdened by a crisis involving a large number of animals. The volunteers provide a skilled and compassionate workforce which enables a jurisdiction to address local cases of animal cruelty and neglect.
“BISSELL Pet Foundation is proud to make this critical Trap-Neuter-Return operation possible to address the root cause of community cat overpopulation,” said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. “RedRover is doing incredible work to impact animals and the people caring for them nationwide.”
To donate to RedRover’s Emergency Response Fund, visit: redrover.org/donateresponders.
Since 1987, RedRover has focused on bringing animals out of crisis and strengthening the human-animal bond through emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance, and humane education. RedRover is a founding member of the National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition (NARSC), established after Hurricane Katrina’s devastating impact to more people and animals than any other storm in the history of the United States. RedRover has earned a coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. To learn how RedRover is creating a more compassionate world, visit RedRover.org.