By Diane Novak
Trap Neuter Return, or TNR, has been the subject of many heated discussions in the last several decades. To understand this subject more clearly, we need to understand how the feral/stray phenomenon began. When faced with a move, some cat owners chose to leave their pets behind instead of surrendering them to shelters. Others drove their pets to distant locations and dumped them. More often than not, these cats were also unsterilized.
If the cat was lucky, it was abandoned near a restaurant or found other strays to show it a food source. Eventually these abandoned cats became pregnant and produced anywhere from two to six kittens. Since cats are pregnant for 63 days and can breed at around five and a half months, you can see how the numbers grew exponentially.
Novak, of Hardy, is the founder of Barn Cat Buddies.