TNVR (Trap/Neuter/Vaccinate/Return) Program was not one of the original goal(s) of SNKI.
The TNVR program started in 2010, in Kingston, with the Bath Institution Feral Cat Colony which was slated to be euthanized. Due to a successful and intense media campaign by SNKI, this colony was saved, is now completely stabilized (all cats spayed/neutered) and is being “managed” by one of the inmates. TNVR continues to be one of the mainstay programs of SNKI
due to an overwhelming need for this service.
The City of Kingston approached SNKI in February of 2014 and asked us to implement the TNVR portion of the R.P.O.P. A total amount of $25,000 has been budgeted for the first year (2014) with funding available for spay/neuter and vaccinations only. As SNKI is already running an effective TNVR Program, we are very much aware that there are other costs associated with optimal colony health. To that end, SNKI is covering all costs for flea treatment, treatment of minor injuries and major injuries (based on vet recommendation and as our funding permits) as well as any necessary testing.
The City of Kingston has committed to exploring the long-term vision of establishing a cost-efficient, dedicated low-cost spay/neuter clinic operated in partnership with animal welfare stakeholders. Following the success of the 2014 City of Kingston TNVR Program, SNKI will again be running this program in 2015 and 2016. This program continues into 2018.
To date, SNKI has fixed almost 2000 cats/kittens while keeping these “at risk” kitties out of the shelter system. Feral cats and kittens do not do well in the shelter environment and are generally euthanized.