Humane Society says it’s time to rethink the cat

Published 1:33 pm Thursday, November 3, 2022


Danville-Boyle County Humane Society

Cats made up 90% of shelter deaths in Kentucky last year, according to a report released by Best Friends Animal Society in June.

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In a press release, Best Friends said the deaths were primarily outdoor community cats in townships with barriers to trap-neuter-vaccinate-return (TNVR) programming. TNVR is the process by which cats are humanely trapped, spayed/neutered, vaccinated against rabies, and returned to their original location.

The press release noted that the TNVR approach has proved to be highly successful in Boyle County, reducing shelter cat deaths and increasing public health protections.

To strengthen its community cat programming, the Danville-Boyle County Humane Society (DBCHS) participated in a mentorship program under guidance from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and other experts in cat protection. DBCHS was one of two organizations nationwide chosen for the Shelter Ally Mentorship.

The mentorship focused on developing comprehensive and humane support for community cats in and out of the shelter, ensuring a strategic and holistic approach to managing dynamic populations of cats in the county.

DBCHS cordially invites you to two upcoming events: the Cat Chat Town Hall on November 15, and the Cat Chat Conference on November 16, both co-hosted by the Humane Society of the United States. Find out what we’ve learned about caring for community cats from the HSUS and other experts in the field.

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About DBCHS: The Danville-Boyle County Humane Society is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) established in 1972 that promotes the humane treatment of animals through compassionate care, engagement, and support.