Trap-Neuter/Spay-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR Program)
In 2020, ARF was successful in implementing a Trap-Neuter/Spay-Vaccinate-Release (TNVR) program for feral and stray cats, spaying/neutering 188 feral & stray cats throughout the year.
This is the most humane and effective method known for managing feral and stray cats and reducing their numbers. The cats, who typically live together in a group called a colony, are trapped and brought to a veterinary clinic. They're then spayed or neutered, vaccinated and eartipped. Ear tipping is a common sign that the community cat has been neutered / spayed and vaccinated. After they've recovered from surgery, the cats are returned back to their original territory where a caretaker provides regular food, water and shelter.
When foster or permanent homes are available, young kittens and friendly adults are removed and placed for adoption. Some feral cats may be relocated to homeowners with barns after the TNVR clinic where they must be provided food, water and shelter. ARF works closely with residents requesting assistance for feral/stray cats and does not randomly trap neighborhood cats. For more information about ARF's TNVR clinics please email email@example.com or call ARF's TNVR Program Coordinators at (208) 451-0091 or (503) 830-3751.
Spay/Neuter Voucher Program
ARF's voucher program was launched in July 2020, thanks to several generous donations earmarked to help people get their cats/dogs spayed or neutered. The voucher covers approximately fifty percent of a routine spay or neuter. In our rural area, there are many senior citizens and low-income people that need some financial assistance in order to get this important surgery done for their pet(s). Local veterinarians, Dr. Kimberly Wolfrum and Ferdinand Veterinary Clinic both accept ARF vouchers. Since the launch of this program in July, 56 vouchers have been awarded. If interested in a spay/neuter voucher please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact ARF's Voucher Program Coordinators at (208) 507-1226 or (503) 830-3751.
In 2020, ARF coordinated with SpokAnimal (Spokane, WA) and McPaws (McCall, ID) to help us find adoptive homes for animals in foster care. Also, when individuals contact ARF trying to find homes for cats/kittens/dogs/puppies in their care, if these animals don’t get adopted locally, ARF helps coordinate the transfer of these animals to shelters where they can be adopted. We are grateful for the coordination of our partner shelters to help us find homes for animals in need. We transferred 271 cats/kittens/dogs/puppies to our partner shelters in 2020. If you are interested in having ARF help you find a home, please contact ARF via email at email@example.com or ARF's Transfer Coordinators at (503) 830-3751 or (208) 507-1226.