Cat lovers in Laurel are working to take care of free-roaming feline populations through an effort known as “trap neuter and return,” or TNR, and are kicking off the effort with a Sept. 11 workshop.
Workshop coordinator Helen Woods said TNR is the only humane way to control stray cat populations. Cats are trapped, taken to a veterinarian for exams and a spay or neuter procedure, then released back into their home environment. The procedure, which in Laurel is conducted by volunteers, prevents cats from being trapped and euthanized, and allows the stray cat population to decline naturally over time. In March, Laurel Mayor Craig A. Moe endorsed TNR as a humane practice for the city’s animal control program and is working to implement the practice.
The workshop begins at 7 p.m. at the Laurel Police Station meeting room, 811 5th St. in Laurel, and is sponsored by Alley Cat Allies, a Bethesda-based nonprofit that advocates for TNR in communities and government animal control policies.
For more information on the workshop or TNR, visit www.laurelcats.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.