Learn how to trap feral cats at training session in DeKalb

Credit: Damon Higgins

Credit: Damon Higgins

An organization is coming to Stone Mountain to train residents on managing the feral cat population in the area.

Starting in November, Project Catsnip will pay a monthly visit to Atlanta Animal Rescue Friends, a nonprofit and adoption center based in Stone Mountain. Project Catsnip will offer low-cost spay/neutering surgeries to feral cats, AARF said in a statement.

On Nov. 9, AARF will hold a free training class to teach residents how to trap, fix and release feral cats, which are unowned domestic cats that live outdoors and generally avoid human contact.

“We know that TNR (trap-neuter-return) is the most effective and humane way to manage feral cat colonies,” AARF Director Susan Leisure said in a statement. That method ensures that the feral cats do not reproduce, maintaining the population. “They also provide great community rodent control without poison!”

The training class on Nov. 9 is from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., and lunch will be provided. Interested residents should RSVP by emailing jenn@aarfatlanta.org or calling 678-534-3483. Visit Project Catsnip's website to sign up for the spay/neutering.

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