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Community Cat Coalition


Community Cat Coalition

Community Cat Coalition is a community initiative dedicated to inspire and empower Beacon citizens to proactively and humanely help resolve our community cat overpopulation crisis via education, advocacy and the Trap Neuter Return (TNR) method.

Location: Beacon
Members: 52
Latest Activity: Oct 8, 2012

What The Heck is TNR?

Trap Neuter Return (TNR) is a method of controlling community cat populations. Using this technique, all the feral cats in a colony (family) are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated for rabies, ear tipped for identification and then returned to their home territory where they are fed, sheltered and monitored by a designated Caregiver. Whenever possible, kittens and friendly, adoptable adults are removed from the colony and offered for adoption.

Why TNR? Twenty years of evidence shows that trap and kill programs are not effective population control methods for community cats. The remaining cats will breed, the euthanized cats will quickly be replaced, and then those cats will breed. TNR has proven to be the most effective method of reducing the number of community cats in a specific area. It stops the problem because it stops the breeding. The caregivers provide day to day monitoring of the colonies so that any newcomers can be quickly trapped and sterilized.

TNR also saves taxpayers money. Without TNR, there is an endless stream of cats being brought to municipal shelters, where most of them are euthanized. TNR eliminates the cost to the public of maintaining and euthanizing the cats.

TNR is also good for neighborhoods. Neutering reduces nuisance behavior like late night howling, roaming and marking of territory (by spraying urine). Any negative impact of the cats is further reduced as the number of cats decreases. Caregivers can help resolve any cat-related conflicts by educating their neighbors about the effectiveness of TNR and providing humane cat deterrents, which keep cats away from areas where they are not wanted.


TNR for Beginners? 3 Replies

Thanks to Nicole for starting this group. Ever since I moved to Beacon two years ago I've been saddened by how many stray cats are in our neighborhoods. Nicole I think there was a workshop on TNR…Continue

Started by Kelly Kingman. Last reply by Ben Larson-Wolbrink Feb 22, 2010.

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Comment by Nicole Ganas on September 26, 2011 at 8:00pm
Oh, Joan. You mean a great deal to me, too, and I will carry that care for you with me. Always.
Comment by Joan Martorano on September 26, 2011 at 10:04am

I'm in tears.  You meant so much to us. 

Comment by Nicole Ganas on September 26, 2011 at 6:58am
Thank you for your kind words of love and support, Holly, Eric and Liz. I am touched beyond measure.
Comment by Hollis Bogdanffy-Kriegh on September 25, 2011 at 10:53pm

Nicole, We have been blessed to have you in Beacon. You leave in your wake a group of citizens young and old (perhaps too few in number) that have learned the power of community spirit and compassion  for animal companions, the value of aligned spirits in a difficult world. Please accept our love as you move on and know there will always be a home for you here in Beacon. Love to you from Michael, Holly, Calvin, Camille, Augie, (the dogs),

Ziggy (the cat) and Penelope.

Comment by Eric Gurna on September 25, 2011 at 8:36pm

Thank you Nicole! You bring love and kindness to Beacon, and not just for the cats. At the Spirit of Beacon parade today, Rosie asked if you would be there in your cat suit. We love you.

The Gurnas

Comment by Nicole Ganas on September 25, 2011 at 6:32pm

A Fond Farewell

It is with a great deal of sadness that I announce the closure of Community Cat Coalition at the end of September. The decision was a difficult one but after dedicating myself in a full time volunteer capacity to the emotionally and physically exhausting effort of rescue work for the last five years (in Brooklyn and Beacon), it's become necessary for me to walk away. As part of my work, I've humanely helped nearly 300 cats and kittens. I am deeply grateful for each and every gesture of support that was extended to me and for every connection I was able to make with members of the community through doing this work. For this, and so much more, I am eternally thankful. Connecting with community has brought me tremendous joy, and I have loved every opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others, both the human and feline kind. I encourage you all to put forth whatever effort you can to make your own mark towards positive change in your community. Any effort, big or small, is meaningful and can make a world of difference to help end suffering. Thank you, cats. Thank you, community.

Comment by Nicole Ganas on September 25, 2011 at 5:54pm

Laverne Needs A Home

Laverne was recently rescued as part of a TNR project in Beacon. Laverne is a petite and oh so sweet four month old who is spayed, rabies vaccinated, litter trained and tested. This well rounded girl enjoys being held, eye gazing and speaking in soft mews. Laverne would appreciate a home with other animals, but could also be fine as the sole companion


Comment by Nicole Ganas on September 25, 2011 at 5:27pm

Maria Needs A Home

Maria was recently rescued as part of a TNR project in Beacon. Maria is under 5 years of age, spayed, rabies vaccinated, little trained, tested and simply wonderful. She is a laid back and low maintenance kind of a gal who is deeply grateful to be off the streets. Maria would thrive in a home with or without other animals.

Comment by Nicole Ganas on September 25, 2011 at 4:55pm

Thanks for your note, Andy. Cats and kittens are all too often abandoned when people move away. For some reason, folk think this is acceptable and that the animals will be able to survive on their own. Truth is, most cats and kittens discarded to the streets don't know how to survive on their own and don't last very long either due to attacks by wildlife, injury by cars or death by slow and painful starvation. CCC is an outreach rescue initiative, not a shelter, and in the midst of closure due to lack of community support and my relocation. Considering this, I am unfortunately unable to help you with intake. Instead, I encourage you to work with friends and neighbors to get this cat off the street, vetted and placed into a good, loving home. After all, this is the true spirit of what CCC was intended to be. Local resources for perspective and possible assistance are as follows...


Good luck to you. This is your chance to not only help out a cat in need, but to help your community.

Comment by Nicole Ganas on September 25, 2011 at 4:47pm
I spent a good part of the day packing up the former CCC project space. When taking down the signage, I got very emotional while recalling all the time and labour spent at the space and the various cats and kittens that shared time with me there. The "phantom" signage reminds me of Wonder Woman's invisible plane, and made me realize that Community Cat Coalition isn't just here, but (could be) everywhere. And that is a beautiful notion.

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