Payson friends of Ferals (PFF) recently received a $10,000 PetSmart Charities grant to continue its feral car Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) efforts around Rim Country. The organization's two-year old feral cat sterilization program has successfully neutered and released more than 200 feral cats. The PetSmart Charities grant will allow PFF to proactively fight the area's feral cat overpopulation problem by doing the same for 300 cats over the next year.
Payson Friends of Ferals offers free TNR at the Main Street Animal Clinic. Trap, Neuter, Return is proven to reduce the feral cat population by halting the endless reproduction cycle of unsterilized feral cats and domestic strays. TNR'ed cats are returned to their colony caregivers, complete with a rabies shot and a tipped left ear. The tipped ear signifies that the cat has been sterilized if it is accidentally trapped again.
"Payson Friends of Ferals believes that with help from the PetSmart Charities grant, we can continue, through our work and example, to demonstrate that TNR is the humane way to eliminate the feral cat problem in the area," said Lisa Boyle, Chairperson of PFF.
Payson Friends of Ferals organized just two years ago as an affiliate of Payson Humane Society.