The City of Garland Animal Services Department, in partnership with Garland Pawsibilities, is launching a trap-neuter-return (TNR) program designed to humanely reduce the feral cat population in Garland.
The initial goal is to sterilize 60 cats per month (720 in the first year). The City will provide 30 to 50 traps to Garland Pawsibilities, a local nonprofit organization whose volunteers will work with residents and existing TNR programs. The program will supplement existing private TNR efforts and could ultimately be an alternative for residents experiencing feral cat nuisances who would otherwise trap the cats and submit them to Animal Services for humane euthanasia.
This pilot program is not a silver bullet, but it may represent the first step in rationally addressing a citywide problem that is growing. It is impossible to accurately estimate the number of feral cats in Garland, but this program is, without question, far too small in scale to resolve the problem. It is simply the first step.
Those interested in learning more about Garland’s TNR program are encouraged to visit Garland Pawsibilities webpage www.garlandpawsibilities.org/TNR.html. Anyone interested in becoming a TNR Colony Manger must contact TNR Volunteer Coordinator Sherry Sweeney at TNR@garlandpaws.org to attend a TNR orientation and register as a Colony Manager. Garland Pawsibilities will begin hosting monthly TNR orientations at the Pet Adoption Center, 813 Main St. in Downtown Garland beginning Oct. 25 from 1 to 3 p.m.