Derry Township Community Cats launched in 2012 with assistance from the Derry Township Police Department and the Board of Supervisors. By the end of 2019 over 1,200 cats have been spayed and neutered in the township. Since one unspayed female can produce up to 14 kittens per year, Derry's Trap, Neuter, Release (TNR) program has already prevented the birth of thousands of homeless kittens.
If you're a Derry Township resident you can take advantage of this free program to trap, spay/neuter, and vaccinate free-roaming cats and help stop the flow of unwanted cats in the Township. Just call
717-592-8087 to get on the schedule between late March and the end of October each year. Cats will be trapped, receive their surgeries, vaccinations (distemper and rabies) along with any needed medical care, and allowed to recover for several days before being returned to their locations. Owned indoor, pet cats can also be served through this program for a minimal fee. (We have a three cat limit per household.)
TNR has proven to be the most effective way to reduce the size of feral colonies in the long run. Relocating or euthanizing colonies simply creates a vacuum into which other cats will inevitably move. TNR also prevents the pregnancies that allow colonies to keep growing. Backed by organizations such as the Humane Society of the United States, TNR programs humanely and effectively control cat populations when carried out thoroughly and consistently within a geographically targeted area.
These programs not only control cat populations, but they save money for the municipality by eliminating the significant amount of money and police time spent on taking cats to the Humane Society to be euthanized.
The cost of the TNR program is free to Derry Township residents but the program is still in need of donations of money, time and materials. Please see the "How You Can Help" page is you would like to assist us in humanely reducing Derry Township's community cat population.
Call 717 592-8087 and leave a message.