PAWS Community Cat Team in Teton Valley needs your help

DRIGGS, Idaho — PAWS of Jackson Hole is currently looking for volunteers in Teton Valley to help with TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) efforts in the community. Overpopulation of cats has become a problem in the valley and PAWS needs the community’s help.

If you have ever wanted to learn how to trap, handle and care for these free-roaming feline friends, let’s rally in the valley!

Community cats are described as feral (wild), stray or abandoned cats. These cats usually live in groups or “colonies” and when controlled, can actually be beneficial by keeping the rodent and other harmful pest populations down.

Photo: PAWS of Jackson Hole

Many people enjoy caring for the cats, including long-time Teton Valley resident, James Beard. “These are my babies,” said Beard. “I feed them and they invite all their friends over for lunch. I love them all.”

However, without spay/neuter efforts (TNR), community cat populations can get out of hand. Two unaltered cats and their offspring can equal 50 cats in just eight months!

PAWS has been working with Teton Valley residents who have reached out for their help. But they can’t do it alone! PAWS’ staff needs valley volunteers to help trap the cats and transport them to the vet where they are vetted, spayed/neutered and ear-tipped.

PAWS pays for the surgeries and any extra medical needs. The cats are then returned back to their homes where they can live out their lives but NOT continue to add to the cat overpopulation problem.

Property owners only need to keep providing shelter, food and water for the cats. “I am so very grateful and appreciative of PAWS for helping me. They have been wonderful,” said Beard. “I love these cats, but I don’t need any more of them!”

PAWS invites you to learn more about TNR and community cats in two upcoming workshops held at the Teton Valley Community Animal Shelter. Please contact Nancy by email at [email protected] or by calling (307) 734-2441 if you are interested in attending on either Saturday, March 13 at 10 a.m. or Sunday, March 28 at 1 p.m.

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PAWS of Jackson Hole’s mission is to serve as a community resource to prevent pet homelessness, to protect pets from harm and suffering, and to promote responsible ownership

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