Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
It's great to hear that you care so much for the feral cat population in Ft. Myers! We need more people like you who are committed to reducing the feral cat population through TNR.
Here in Toronto you're required to take a 3 hour course on TNR to be eligible to have cats spayed/neutered for free through the OSPCA or the Toronto Humane Society. These are high volume spay/neuter clinics specifically intended for feral cats, and, as such, do automatically ear tip.
Many of the cat rescues in the city though use particular vets that offer reduced prices for rescues, and those vet clinics will typically give you the option of ear tipping or not. The specific organization that I worked with in order to rescue my current fosters has a voucher system, whereby you can make an online donation and designate the funds for a particular cat, though this must be done prior to bringing the cat in; the voucher is sent via the rescue organization to the in-area vet that they use, which secures "rescue pricing", and, when the cat is brought in, the donation voucher is applied to the bill. I still had to pay for the services, as I'm not actually a volunteer with the organization, but it helped out a lot in terms of the cost. I did end up paying for the majority of the kitten's services out of pocket because I didn't secure a voucher for her ahead of time--I wasn't sure I would be able to trap her until I did--but it was still much less expensive than it would have been had I taken her to my regular vet.
I am scheduled to do the TNR course this weekend, as I have a feral colony in the area of my work, and there is really no way that I could afford to vet and possibly rehabilitate so many cats on my own--but at least with TNR they won't be reproducing. There are at least two that I won't be taking to a high volume TNR clinic though: A Black and White adult that's skittish, but is clearly not a feral, and the one remaining kitten from Autumn's litter that was missing for a couple of months, but has since resurfaced near one of the feeding stations I set up. It's now about 6 months old, which is older than most rescues will readily accept when it comes to feral kittens, but I feel obliged to at least try to rehabilitate it, since, before it went missing, I had planned to trap it back in October when I trapped Autumn and Ramona.
Last edited by dt8thd; 01-16-2013 at 01:50 PM.