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by Martha Ellis

Found this week was another cat community on Norfolk Street.  Trapping was amazingly easy as we stood and watched the cats enter the trap during daylight hours.  It is extremely helpful if they are not fed the day before trapping and Bumble Bee White Albacore tuna in water is an obvious attraction.

We trapped three cats Thursday, one of whom was a repeat.  We released the repeat, reset the trap and VOILA trapped another within minutes.  Friday morning they were taken to the MSPCA SPAY/Neuter clinic in Jamaica Plain by Scott where they were spayed or neutered.  There was one female and one male.  I picked them up at 4:30 p.m. and returned them to their community.  Same day turnaround.

So far, we believe we have trapped and spayed or neutered three cats from the Norfolk Street community.  I saw around eight at one time while I was there trapping.  It's hard to tell how many are actually living in the sheds.  We have an appointment Thursday morning, 1/13, to have two more cats examined and spayed or neutered. 
To date eight cats have been spayed or neutered -- six males and two females.
Many thanks for your support,

Comments (3)

The ones that were trapped, spayed and then released on Concord St. are still a nuisance to the neighborhood. They continue to leave their calling card on my lawn for me to step in and drag into the house before I realize it. Thanks a lot.

Herb Krauss | 2011-01-22 19:57:13

We are working with the Holliston/Ashland Animal Control Officer and the MSPCA. The TNR program, along with the spay or neuter, vaccinates against rabies and distemper, FVRCP vaccination, treatment for flea preventative, ear mite treatment, and dewormer. Basically, the feral cat is given a complete physical and treated as necessary. For more information, go to the Thank-you for your concern. Martha

Martha | 2011-01-21 18:47:30

I am a little confused, you trap them, neuter them and let them free again? Why wouldn't you bring them to a shelter? They are still a danger to the community because they could have rabies or some other diseases.

Sam | 2011-01-21 14:09:27