Realizing that we can only help a limited number of animals through individual rehabilitation, one of Animals Taiwan’s current focus is to promote and perform CNR (Catch - Neuter-Return) for dogs or TNR
(Trap - Neuter - Return) projects around the island.
What is CNR/TNR?
CNR/TNR is the monitoring of an area with a stray population. Feeders and residents need to be contacted for this project to work. Once everyone is in agreement, the dogs or cats are caught, spayed/neutered, a quick health check is conducted and they are chipped. They are then returned to the area where they were caught from. Their ears are clipped (right for girls - left for boys) so that they are more recognizable as being spayed/neutered. The feeders and locals will keep an eye on the packs and call us if there are any injuries or problems.
Why not just catch all the dogs or cats and either put them in shelters or put them to sleep? Well there are many reasons for this, the main reason being that it isn't humane. There aren't enough shelters with enough space around the Island to house all the stray animals in Taiwan. Too many animals locked in one place will also cause the spread of disease and fighting amongst the animals. Euthanizing them all is also not the answer, because you will never “get all” of the animals, and so they will continue to breed leaving the stray problem unresolved.
How does CNR/TNR work?
Establishing mutual trust with the feeders is a huge part in catching the animals. Once the feeder understands that we are helping the animals, they will get on board and help too.
Once a pack has been 100% spayed and neutered there will be no chance of any more litters even if another unspayed or unneutered animal moves into the area; they cannot mate and the feeders will inform us so we can have the animals also spayed or neutered.
The animals will be much calmer, there will be no fighting, over breeding and we will be able to keep track on the wellbeing of the animals through the feeders. Also the residents will be happier as they will come to get used to the pack and know their personality. With a pack that has been spayed/neutered and regularly fed, there is a much lower chance of aggression or destruction of property.
This is the only method of stray population control that works; it is also the most humane.
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