Do you feed stray cats?
If you feed neighborhood cats in Colorado Springs, then we sincerely thank you for being a good neighbor! While the Humane Society and other local organizations help find loving homes for hundreds of cats every year, many cats still live in outdoor colonies in our neighborhoods and communities. You can [directly] improve the quality of life of these community cats by becoming a Colony Manager for the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR).
HSPPR Trap-Neuter-Return Program for Community Cats
Our Colony Managers work under HSPPR’s Trap Neuter Release Program. The goals of this program are to provide a better quality of life for community cats and to implement a humane solution to the problem of cat overpopulation.
Colony Manager (you)
In order to accomplish these goals, the Colony Manager acts as the on-the-ground contact, providing food and water for the cats, as well as monitoring their health and population size. In return, HSPPR will work to empower you by providing free spay/neuter to control overpopulation, and free vaccinations against rabies and other illnesses to ensure a healthy and happy colony. Once trapped, sterilized and vaccinated, cats will be ear-tipped for identification purposes. By ear tipping we will easily identify a cat as being already sterilized.
What are the responsibilities of a Colony Manager?
- Conducting ongoing Trap-Neuter-Return to control over population
- Provide food and water stations
- Provide shelter
- Provide clean healthy environments
- Monitor colony members health, new comers, kittens etc
- Help cats and people co-exist (be a voice by educating neighbors and people about the TNR program and colony care)
How do I become a Colony Manager?
Colony Managers must be at least 18 years old and willing to visit the colony at least once a day for feeding and colony maintenance. In order to be an authorized Colony Manager, you must simply apply and be approved by our TNR Coordinator. Once approved, we will both sign a contract laying out our respective expectations and responsibilities. Typically, the Colony Manager lives in the same area as the colony and is already caring for the cats.
This is a great opportunity to participate in a program that leads to humane treatment of community cats. You can take pride in knowing that you are providing care for community cats and actively helping to reduce the cat overpopulation problem. Perhaps most importantly, you are directly helping to reduce cat euthanasia rates.
Can’t be a Colony Manager but are interested in helping?
Learn how you can assist with the Community Cats Program.
What are the benefits of working with the HSPPR on the community cat issue?
Sanctioned colonies are provided free vaccinations and sterilizations. Community cats are also exempt from impound fees and licensing.
Spaying or neutering and vaccinating the cats will stop cats yowling, fighting, spraying and having kittens. Male cats will no longer compete and fight, spray, and roam. Females will stop yowling and producing kittens. After sterilization, hormones leave their system within weeks and the behaviors usually stop entirely.
Also, TNR avoids the vacuum effect of the typical catch and remove approach to animal control. Once the cats are removed from a territory new cats move in and take over the space forming a new colony. That is known as the vacuum effect. If you fix the colony and return it to the same location it not only controls new kittens but also the adults protect the territory against new adult cats coming to join the colony. If you are interested in helping your neighborhood stray cats, please contact our Trap-Neuter-Return Coordinator, or call (719) 302-8786.