TRAP NEUTER AND RELEASE
WHAT IS TRAP NEUTER AND RELEASE?
Trap Neuter Release (TNR) is the humane, non-lethal method of population control for outdoor cats and dogs that is more effective than the traditional method of trap and kill. Staff of the RAK Animal Welfare Centre, trained by WSPA, humanely trap the stray cats and dogs. The animals are brought to our clinic at the shelter for spay and neuter surgery and vaccinations. After they recover from the surgery, we return cats to where they were caught. We only desex healthy cats, as we consider it cruel to put back an unhealthy cat in the overcrowded streets, where all the animals have to fight for territory and food. Dogs, even healthy ones, will only be desexed and returned, if we know for a fact that there is someone around long term to look after them.
All cats who have been spayed or neutered through the RAK Animal Welfare Centre’s TNR program can be recognized by the tip of the left ear, which has been surgically removed and cauterized during their spay or neuter surgery. This is not harmful to the cat and allows our trappers in the field to identify if the animal has already participated in our TNR program.
You may see our traps, which are clearly marked with our logo and contact number around your local community. Please do not approach or move the traps, we will take care to bring the trap as soon as possible to the shelter once a cat is inside.
WHY TRAP, NEUTER AND RELEASE?
TNR is the most humane and most effective way of controlling outdoor cat and dog populations
When cats are removed from an area, other outdoor or stray cats move in to take advantage of the food source, so removing outdoor cats only temporarily solves the problem
TNR has been used with success across the US and all over the world
TNR prevents unwanted cats and dogs from being born, relinquished and euthanized
A vaccinated, sterilized colony of outdoor cats and dogs poses no rabies threat to humans and will deter other outdoor cats and dogs from moving into the area.
TRAP NEUTER AND RELEASE RESULTS
Healthy and well-cared for, but gradually diminishing cat and dogs colonies
An immediate reduction in complaints about behaviors associated with unsterilized cats, including spraying, fighting, roaming and breeding
Fewer rodents in your neighborhood
HOW CAN YOU HELP US?
You can assist us by keeping a watchful eye on the overall health of the cats and dogs in your neighborhood and report any concerns to us. You can also give us information on where to trap cats and dogs for our TNR program or bring in stray cats and dogs yourself to the shelter. You can collect a cat trap at RAK AWC (100 dhs deposit is required). Please ensure you fill in the stray form when you bring an animal in, it is of vital importance that we know where to return the cat or dog - they can only be released in the same location where they were caught.
Our stray animal team and TNR program are also helped with the establishment of cat cafés. For more information visit our CAT CAFE PROGRAM page.