Let’s talk about trap-neuter-return: TNR!
TNR is a humane and effective way of controlling the stray population in Singapore. It typically involves trapping stray cats (usually community cats), neutering them, and then returning them to their original location. This process helps to reduce the number of strays on the streets.
You may be wondering, "Why is this necessary?"
Stray cats can wreak havoc on the environment. They can spread diseases, hunt and kill local wildlife, and even cause damage to property. Additionally, the overpopulation of stray cats can lead to an increase in the number of cats that are euthanized in shelters. TNR is an excellent solution that not only helps to control the stray population but also improves the lives of the cats themselves. Neutering reduces the risk of certain diseases, like uterine cancer and testicular cancer, and it also helps to reduce unwanted behaviours, like spraying and fighting.
There are several organizations in Singapore that are dedicated to TNR and the welfare of stray cats. One such organization is the Cat Welfare Society, which was founded in 1999 and is one of the oldest and most established animal welfare groups in the country.
While TNR is most commonly associated with controlling the stray cat population, the concept can also be applied to other animals in Singapore. TNR programs have been implemented for various animals, including dogs, monkeys, and wild boars. For example, the National Parks Board has a program that sterilizes macaque monkeys in areas where they have become a nuisance to residents or pose a risk to public safety. This program helps to control the population of monkeys while also preventing them from being relocated or euthanized.