Tangier Island is a small fishing community off the coast of Virginia, population 525. With nearly 500 free-roaming community cats on the island, the feline residents almost equal the human population. In May of 2011, Best Friends Animal Society joined forces with Operation Catnip and Sheltering Hands of Florida to organize a week-long TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) project for the cats of Tangier Island. More than 20 dedicated volunteers and a skilled veterinary staff from Caring Hands Animal Hospital of Virginia also enabled the project to take place.
Despite unexpected flooding and some additional challenges that hampered trapping efforts, the Tangier TNR team was able to spay and neuter 250 community cats during their week-long stay.The team TNR effort is part of Best Friends Animal Society’s cat initiatives and this video captures some of the sights and sounds of the project. Because the project took place on an island, it offers a true test of the effectiveness of TNR. TNR efforts continue on the island.
Best Friends Animal Society is a nonprofit organization building no-kill programs and partnerships that will bring about a day when there are No More Homeless Pets®. The society’s leading initiatives in animal care and community programs are coordinated from its Kanab, Utah, headquarters, the country’s largest no-kill sanctuary. This work is made possible by the personal and financial support of a grassroots network of supporters and community partners across the nation.