On Tuesday, after much previous discussion, Wake County, North Carolina, commissioners adopted a Trap-Neuter-Release policy to help curb the euthanasia rate of feral cats. The policy allows privately-funded, non-profit groups to trap, neuter and release feral cats.
Between summer 2010 and 2011, the county-run animal shelter took in 7,766 cats. Of those, 4,830 cats were euthanized, according to county data. That number includes all of the roughly 2,900 feral cats that were taken in, since they are deemed unadoptable, according to information presented to county commissioners.
Cats returned to the “wild” will have one ear clipped. The county will not be able to trap such cats simply for roaming at-large. People can report the clipped-ear feral cats as nuisances and the county can still trap them for euthanasia.