The class was a double header, the Basic TNR class would be followed by a Barn Cat Relocation class. Nancy, an amazing local rescuer, organized this event and it was tons of fun! 18 amazing people came and spent the afternoon learning about TNR and Relo stuff. The snacks were pretty amazing too!
A sampling of the Oliver pictures I use to help tell his TNR story:
The cat featured on the bottom corner of each slide is Pierre.
There are two sections to the Basic TNR class, the first is the classroom portion, where I share my experience with Oliver and his family to tell the story of TNR, while also teaching all the basics on how to trap, neuter, and return community cats. I love telling Oliver's story and everyone seems to love to hear it! The second part of the class involves Vicki demonstrating how to work with the traps.
|Nancy, teaching Barn Cat Relocation class|
|Barn Cat Relo acclimation cages demonstration|
|Drop trap demonstration|
|Detailed sanitization protocols clearly posted|
I love meeting so many people who are out there everyday in their communities, making a real difference in the lives of their community cats. Hearing their stories warms my heart and brings tears of joy - these people really care about the homeless cats, when so many people choose never to see them. These volunteers are quietly spending tons of their own money and time to improve the lives of the homeless cats.
One example of their dedication: There are very limited low cost spay/neuter services in their local area. So, several times a month, they load up a van full of cats and drive 100 miles each way (which involves driving over a major mountain pass), to the Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project clinic, where the cats can be altered. These amazingly dedicated, selfless, people are my heros.