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Letter: TNVR programs are most sensible, humane

TNVR programs are most sensible, humane

I was surprised reading Gerry Rising’s April 12 Nature Watch article that he was not able to come up with a more creative solution for the question of what to do with all of our community cats.

I think we all know by now that humans have created this dilemma. Many cats were acquired for rodent control and many as cute kittens that were then abandoned as adults. Most were not spayed or neutered, and their offspring are often not socialized to humans. We humans are left to deal with the irresponsibility of generations before us.

I do not think there is a perfect plan to protect all species. But to me, TNVR (trap-neuter-vaccinate-return) makes the most sense. An important word here is “return.” Cats that are sterilized and vaccinated through the TNVR programs are returned to a caretaker, a person who has offered her yard or garage or barn so that the cats that others have “dumped” will have food and an opportunity to live out their lives with hopefully some peace. Many of these cats were once someone’s pet. So I give kudos to the communities that have endorsed TNVR and are willing to take a humane approach.

I do not like to see birds killed, although the hawk that knows that I feed the birds has killed more birds in my yard than any cat. Rising knows very well there are other forces limiting the bird population because he has written about them (chemical sprays, excessive building eradicating bird shelter, windmills) so why he has decided to place all the blame on cats in this article is puzzling.

Rose M. Mooney

Amherst