In June 2012, we received two Eezicatch traps from Snip International. Six months later and hundreds of cats trapped later, we issue this official report to thank Snip International, an organisation helping animal welfare organisations around the world.
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“Community Cats Network is a charitable organisation promoting the welfare of stray/feral cats and the benefits of TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return). It was formed in April 2012 by a group of cat lovers dedicated to improving the conditions of life of feral cats.
Community Cats Network works with local communities in improving the welfare of all cats. We seek an ethically based solution to the problems of over population, neglect, deprivation, and cruelty.”
Our primary activity is TNR as we believe that it is the only humane solution to control the cat population. Our primary consideration is the welfare of feral and stray cats. We believe that unless there is an obvious danger to the welfare of the cat, ferals should remain in their environment.
Community Cats Network endeavours to work closely with communities in promoting the importance of neutering for feral cats and their role in the community, as well as in the organisation of TNR projects. We thus offer support and advice on the various aspects of living with community cats. We also provide our services in all stages of the organisation and the carrying out of TNR projects.
We believe that everyone should take responsibility for stray and feral cats/kittens. As we are not a rescue, we cannot take them in; however, we offer support to the public and help them to solve their problem.
Ireland has a serious over population problem with feral cats, with estimates of over 1million feral cats. These cats have no protection under Irish law so it is up to charitable organisations like Community Cats Network to find solutions to this problem.
In June 2012, SNIP International supplied us with two Eezicatch cat traps. These traps have made a significant difference to our cat trapping capabilities. The Eezicatch traps are light weight and easy to carry. They are fitted with a mechanically-operated foot plate that closes the trap down once the cat has entered it and stepped on the plate. The Eezicatch is fitted with a clear Perspex plate at the rear to give the cat the impression that it has an escape route once it has entered the trap. The Eezicatch trap can also be used manually by using a water bottle and string, this is vital when you need to cat one specific cat from a colony (see photo below).
Community Cats Network works closely with a number of Veterinary practices in Cork City and County. Our contact details are also available to the public via advertising through the medium of social media. We cover a wide range of areas from domestic back gardens, farms through to commercial premises. Having neutered feral cats in situ on any premises is the most cost effective and environmentally effective way of rodent control. We have had such a demand for our voluntary services that we have custom built a pre and post operative feral cat holding area.
From Community’s Cats Networks creation in April 2012 we have trapped neutered and returned over 400 cats in Cork city and county area.
We thank SNIP International for helping us to make a difference in the lives of our community cats.”