CAT OVERPOPULATION . . . is an issue faced by virtually every municipality nationwide. There will always be free-roaming cats having kittens.
However, we can all work together to curb the reproductive cycle. In 2010, Steelton
Borough confronted this issue head only by charging a team of local volunteers to come up with a humane and compassionate answer to reduce the reproduction of free roaming cats in the borough, but also to save taxpayers’ money.Team members agreed Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) was the route to follow. However, their concept of TNR goes
beyond the generic type that is available to most people and municipalities.
Their answer: Steelton Community Cats (SCC).
Within a short time frame, SCC nonprofit charitable organization -received national media recognition by animal rescue groups. SCC is a national award winning program for its innovative approach to TNR.
Our model program is being adopted and copied throughout PA and the U.S.
SCC’s APPROACH TO TNR: 100+ humane traps are available for volunteers and colonycaretakers for trapping freeroaming cats (abandoned strays and ferals).
- Full -service TNR program same day, drop off in the morning and pick up in the evening service leaving individuals to personally tend to potentially wild animals.
- All trapped cats are housed in a safe facility and receive presurgery care. Not every trapped cat is healthy. Medical care is provided to sick cats until they are healthy enough for surgery and can be returned to their natural environment.
- SCC has its own surgery suite and two vets who generously volunteer their time to spay/neuter the cats as well as examine them from head to-tail to ensure their medical needs are addressed.
- Every cat is vaccinated for rabies and distemper to stop the spread of disease. Every cat is ear tipped.
- Cats are humanely cared for from trapping until they are healthy enough to be returned to and safely survive in their colony.
- All cats receive post-surgical care by caring volunteers. Male cats up to 3 days; female cats up to 4 days – or longer, if necessary.
NO CAT IS EUTHANIZED!