Community cats now number in the tens of millions in the United States and can be found in every possible setting – urban, rural, and suburban. Left unmanaged, they reproduce rapidly, contributing to the cat overpopulation crisis. They can also pose a significant quality of life issue for local residents due to mating-related nuisance behaviors.
This course will teach you how to help community cats and solve the problems associated with them by using the method known as Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). It will describe each step in the TNR process and cover working with neighbors and the community at large, providing long-term cat care, arranging spay or neuter, the correct equipment to use, the how-to’s of trapping, and more. On the policy level, the advantages of TNR for individual colonies and entire communities will be examined.
At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to:
- Explain the benefits of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) at both the colony and community levels, mobilize community support, and constructively respond to hostility and problems that arise (including understanding the efficacy of TNR as compared with other population control methods.)
- Demonstrate the ability to research local laws pertaining to community cats.
- Understand how to provide proper nutrition and appropriate feeding stations and shelters to maintain healthy community cat populations.
- Summarize and employ the six steps for preparing to trap community cats; including knowledge of trapping equipment and supplies and effective ways of cleaning the equipment.
- Describe and implement the eight steps of trapping and understand how to care for cats in traps before and after surgery, prepare cats for surgery, communicate well with veterinary staff, and return cats to their colony site, as well as be able to recognize when special considerations are needed during trapping.
- Identify methods for handling kittens and special cases during a TNR project such as nursing mothers, cats who are ill and friendly cats.
- Understand when relocation is appropriate and how to train cats to stay in their new territory.
This is a self-paced course and students are given 90 days to complete all course elements. All readings are provided in the course, including a Student Manual with self-directed activities that you are encouraged to complete. The course takes approximately 9-12 hours to go through the material, complete activities, and take the exams.
Students may take the exam up to two times if the first score is below the passing 70%. If a student needs an exam reset plesae contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the request.
This course has been pre-approved for 12 CE points of continuing education credit toward the Certified Animal Welfare Administrator credential.
Withdrawal and Drop Period
Students can only drop courses during the first week of the term. No grade is issued and the course will not appear on the student’s Digital Chalk transcript. To notify the Registrar of the decision to drop a course, use email@example.com. A 100% refund, less the drop fee of $10, will be issued if the request for the drop is received before midnight ET day 7 of the term. Please note that written confirmation of a dropped course will be sent to the student by email. If confirmation is not received, please contact the Registrar.
Because self-paced courses provide immediate access to all course material no withdrawal or drop period applies. If a student does choose to withdraw a failed mark is issued and will appear on the student’s Digital Chalk transcript. To notify the Registrar of the decision to drop a course, use firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that written confirmation of a dropped course will be sent to the student by email. If confirmation is not received, please contact the Registrar.
If a student does not attend class for two consecutive weeks, he or she will be withdrawn from the course due to non-attendance and a failed mark will be recorded on the official transcript. No refund will be issued.