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2489 Albany Post Road | Walden, NY 12586

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Trap Neuter Return (TNR)

Trap-Neuter-Return, commonly known as TNR, is a method for humanely and effectively managing feral cat colonies and reducing feral cat populations. The process involves trapping the cats in a colony, getting them neutered, eartipped for identification and vaccinated for rabies, then releasing them back into their territory.

Whenever possible, friendly adults and kittens young enough to be easily socialized are removed and placed for adoption.

A designated caretaker provides regular food and shelter to the returned cats and also monitors the colony for newcomers and mediates any conflicts between the cats and the surrounding community.

Advantages of TNR for the local neighborhood:

  • No more kittens and a gradually falling population.
  • Noise is dramatically reduced.
  • Odor becomes much less noticeable.
  • Rodent control is maintained.
  • A healthier and less visible colony.
  • Removal of the pity/sadness factor.
  • The presence of a caretaker.
  • Prevents a new, unaltered colony from forming.The advantages of TNR when practiced on a community-wide scale:
  • Feral and stray cat population reduction for the community as a whole.
  • Lower euthanasia rates.
  • Fewer complaints to animal control.
  • Mobilization of volunteer work force.
  • Cost savings. Lower euthanasia rates at local shelters, fewer complaint calls for animal control and the use of a large volunteer work force all save money for municipalities.
  • Improved public relations for animal control.Feral vs StrayA “feral” cat is a feline who lives outside a normal home and has to some extent reverted to a wild state. Ferals tend to be fearful of people and keep their distance unless the person is someone they have come to know and trust. They originate from lost or abandoned domestic cats who either became wild themselves after living on their own or parented feral offspring.In contrast to ferals, a “stray” is a lost or abandoned cat who still retains his tame nature.

    Most cats living on their own are feral and live in groups called “colonies.” The cats in a colony share territory and a common food source.

    Often the cats in a colony are related by family, but not always. Feral colonies can form anywhere there is adequate food and shelter. In urban areas, they can be found in alleyways, vacant lots, abandoned buildings, warehouses, factories, parks and backyards, to name a few.

    The vast majority of ferals are not completely wild because they rely on people for their food source, whether it’s a restaurant dumpster or a kind neighbor who comes by once a day. Relatively few subsist by hunting alone.

    Cats can be feral to different degrees. Just how wild a cat is will depend on a combination of four factors: Age, Number of generations feral, Amount of human contact, and Personality.

    Assessing whether a cat is feral can be relevant to determining what is the best situation for the feline. If the cat is a friendly domestic, then adoption is the best option, but if the cat is feral, then allowing him to live in his own territory with his colony mates might be the most compassionate choice.Info courtesy of NeighborhoodCats.org

Feral mom with babies who were trapped young enough for adoption. Photo courtesy of Newburgh Scats.

Upcoming Events

Mar
17
Sun
8:30 am A Walk in the Park Dog Walk @ Winding Hills Park
A Walk in the Park Dog Walk @ Winding Hills Park
Mar 17 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am
A Walk in the Park Dog Walk @ Winding Hills Park | Montgomery | NY | United States
Whether you amble, ramble, or scramble…we have a walk for you…and the dogs to go with it. All paces welcome – meandering to marathon! Our shelter dogs LOVE strolling in the woods of Winding Hills[...]
2:00 pm Wallkill Saint Patrick’s Day Parade @ Wallkill St. Patrick's Day Parade
Wallkill Saint Patrick’s Day Parade @ Wallkill St. Patrick's Day Parade
Mar 17 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Wallkill Saint Patrick's Day Parade @ Wallkill St. Patrick's Day Parade | Walden | NY | United States
Come out and support HSW in the 2019 Wallkill St. Patrick’s Day Parade! Parade begins at the Corner of Union and River Street and ends on Bridge Street.
Mar
20
Wed
7:00 pm Board of Directors Meeting @ Walden Savings Bank
Board of Directors Meeting @ Walden Savings Bank
Mar 20 @ 7:00 pm
Meetings are held at the Walden Savings Bank at Scotts Corners, on the 3rd floor, on the 3rd WEDNESDAY of every month at 7 pm. Citizens concerned with animal welfare, volunteers and new members are[...]
Mar
21
Thu
8:00 am Indoor Yard Sale @ Humane Society of Walden NY
Indoor Yard Sale @ Humane Society of Walden NY
Mar 21 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Indoor Yard Sale @ Humane Society of Walden NY | Walden | NY | United States
Come shop our Yard Sale room! There’s something for everyone! All proceeds benefit the cats and dogs in our care. We accept donations on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:30 am -1:00 pm. Except Holidays. Any[...]
Mar
24
Sun
8:30 am A Walk in the Park Dog Walk @ Winding Hills Park
A Walk in the Park Dog Walk @ Winding Hills Park
Mar 24 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am
A Walk in the Park Dog Walk @ Winding Hills Park | Montgomery | NY | United States
Whether you amble, ramble, or scramble…we have a walk for you…and the dogs to go with it. All paces welcome – meandering to marathon! Our shelter dogs LOVE strolling in the woods of Winding Hills[...]

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The Humane Society of Walden is a no-kill, non-profit safe haven dedicated to helping stray and abandoned cats and dogs. Our animal shelter serves the communities of Montgomery, Walden, Maybrook, Crawford, Wawarsing, Shawangunk, and Mamakating, but will not turn away pets from across the country in need.

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Humane Society of Walden
2489 Albany Post Road
Walden, New York 12586

845-778-5115

Upcoming Events

Mar
17
Sun
8:30 am A Walk in the Park Dog Walk @ Winding Hills Park
A Walk in the Park Dog Walk @ Winding Hills Park
Mar 17 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am
A Walk in the Park Dog Walk @ Winding Hills Park | Montgomery | NY | United States
Whether you amble, ramble, or scramble…we have a walk for you…and the dogs to go with it. All paces welcome – meandering to marathon! Our shelter dogs LOVE strolling in the woods of Winding Hills[...]
2:00 pm Wallkill Saint Patrick’s Day Parade @ Wallkill St. Patrick's Day Parade
Wallkill Saint Patrick’s Day Parade @ Wallkill St. Patrick's Day Parade
Mar 17 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Wallkill Saint Patrick's Day Parade @ Wallkill St. Patrick's Day Parade | Walden | NY | United States
Come out and support HSW in the 2019 Wallkill St. Patrick’s Day Parade! Parade begins at the Corner of Union and River Street and ends on Bridge Street.
Mar
20
Wed
7:00 pm Board of Directors Meeting @ Walden Savings Bank
Board of Directors Meeting @ Walden Savings Bank
Mar 20 @ 7:00 pm
Meetings are held at the Walden Savings Bank at Scotts Corners, on the 3rd floor, on the 3rd WEDNESDAY of every month at 7 pm. Citizens concerned with animal welfare, volunteers and new members are[...]

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