Community Cats AK

Community Cats

Mojo’s Hope is Working Towards the Legalization of a TNR Program in Alaska

Did you know that TNR is not yet legalized in Alaska? At this time there is a Regulation with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game that prohibits the “release” of cats (and many other species) into the wild. The current Regulation is: 5 AAC 92.029. Permit for possessing live game and can be found with this link: https://www.animallaw.info/administrative/alaska-exotic-animals-title-5-fish-and-game-article-3-permits.

Mojo’s Hope began a dialogue with Alaska Department of Fish and Game in November of 2015 after we were provided with some direction on who we should contact with the state to move forward. We then received documentation from Alaska Department of Fish and Game about proposal changes that we could submit to them with the projected date of proposal, May of 2017. Our goal is to modify the wording in the current regulation so that “Cats” will be removed from the regulation and incorporate wording about the implementation of a Trap-Neuter-Return program throughout the state of Alaska along with the addition of the term “Community Cats.”  Until then we can provide support, direction, advice and hopefully receive support as we move forward.

Do you have background knowledge about TNR? Have you participated in a program before? If you have any important links, research, data, posts, please feel free to share them here! The more positive data we can collect and show our community, the better the chances we have of helping to make these changes to 5 AAC 92.029. Permit for possessing live game. TNR is happening all over the world, 243+ communities in our own country! It does work and it is the most humane and effective way of dealing with community cats. Humans are the reason the cats are there, it is our duty to treat them with kindness and do what we can to help them while bringing down the population over time.

These are just some links about community cats. If you Google the term, it comes up numerous times. Having this umbrella term makes it easier for people to understand that this refers to all un-owned cats. It is up to those who are participating in the TNR program and the colony caretakers to identify who may be a “friendly,” so that we can ensure the proper steps are being taken for their well being.

Feline Shelter Intake Reduction Program FAQs
Community Cats: A Shelter Director’s Evolution

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary: Community Cats
Community Cats CT: Our TNR Philosophy
Animal Sheltering magazine: Change for Community Cats [PDF]

Implementing a Successful TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) Program for the Community Cats
of Anchorage

TNR has proven to reduce the population of feral/stray cats, also known as “community cats” in the most humane and effective way over time. TNR will also save significant costs to agencies tasked with Anchorage Animal Care & Control.

Our goal is to support Community Cat Caregivers with TNR resources, AACC and other organizations. These resources include, but are not limited to, trap rental, training/education, low/cost or free Spay/Neuters, vaccinations, medical care and follow up care.

Education and Training will be offered to the community on a regular basis in various settings.

Referring parties and inquiries will be directed to a “Needs Assessment” form, or call Mojo’s Hope for support and services. The Needs Assessment form will be made available via Mojo’s Hopes, Straw for Dogs and other websites. The form will also be made available through the mail.

Inquiries coming in, may require further evaluation. We will proceed with the plan of action, which may include, TNR, rescue and rehoming (by collaborating with other rescue organizations) and working with AACCC.

In this way we can provide assistance, support and resources for Community Cat Caregivers willing to follow our policies and procedures.


Trap-Neuter-Return

Mojo’s Hope began working with Marjorie Carter in March of 2014 and the community  in hopes of bringing changes to our community about Feral Cats in the Anchorage, Alaska community and throughout the state of Alaska.  A managed colony will reduce the population of community cats over time. These cats are already in our community and the long time method of “catch and kill” is not working as the “vacuum effect” happens. The current population of community cats shows that this old method is not effective and is not reducing the numbers. Research conducted since the 1950’s has shown that when a population is removed from an area, the next colony will move in and the population will explode to compensate for the loss of the others. Providing the cats that are out there already with shelter, food, S/N and vaccinations they need, will help bring down the population over time in the most effective and humane way.

Thank you for your support of animals in need!