Animal shelter receives grant for TNR program
A grant of $5,000 from the Barry County Humane Society, represented by President Mary Fisher, will help continue the Trap, Neuter and Return program at the Barry County Animal Shelter. Shelter Director Ken Kirsch is shown here.
A $5,000 grant from the Barry County Humane Society for the Barry County Animal Shelter will help fund the Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR) program.
The purpose of the program is to reduce the feral cat population in the county by spaying or neutering feral and barn cats.
“This grant was made possible through the estate of Susan J. Flora, who lived in California, but was originally from Hastings,” Barry County Humane Society President Mary Fisher said.
Shelter Director Ken Kirsch said they will use the grant until it runs out.
The TNR program has been effective, he added, pointing out that they have sterilized close to 1,000 cats in the last two years.
Cats that are trapped should be brought to the shelter at 540 N. Industrial Drive in a carrier or live trap between 8 and 8:30 a.m. They will be transported to an area veterinarian to be spayed or neutered and returned to the shelter for pickup by the end of the work day. The cats will be spayed or neutered, given flea treatment, ear tipped and given a rabies shot -- all at no cost to the client. Instructions for post-operation care will be given to clients when they pick up the cat.
Clients must call the shelter to set up an appointment before bringing the animal in.
To contact the shelter, call 269-948-4885.