The Huntington (NY) Town Board has approved a TNR program to control the town’s feral cat population. The Department of Public Safety’s Division of Animal Control will perform the trapping/releasing and a local veterinary hospital will perform the sterilizations and vaccinations. Dr. Russell Fredericks of the North Shore Animal Hospital has also agreed to offer his services at a greatly discounted rate.
“This humane solution to the risks posed by feral cats will help protect our residents’ health and address what can be a significant quality of life issue,” Supervisor Frank P. Petrone said. Councilwoman Susan A. Berland added, “This measure keeps Huntington at the forefront of government’s efforts to control animal populations safely and humanely.”
According to the Huntington Local, the “program will continue to enhance the widely respected reputation of the Town of Huntington’s Division of Animal Control. The Town’s animal shelter is the only municipal shelter in the area that is open seven days a week until 6 p.m. It is also the only shelter that accepts cats.”
ACR is pleased to hear this news and is encouraged that by one more city implementing TNR, someday TNR will become the standard for managing feral cats.