It’s estimated there are currently 200,000 feral cats living in Las Vegas. It’s the largest and fastest-growing population of feral cats of any area in the US, but thankfully, the Community Cat Coalition of Clark County (C5) is working to reverse this.
A small group of concerned residents came together in June 2009 to trap, neuter and return (TNR) community cats in Las Vegas and Clark County. The group evolved, and C5 was established in November of that year to provide free TNR services to the residents and cats of Clark County.
Since then, C5 has trapped, sterilized and vaccinated more than 25,000 feral cats. C5’s mission is to humanely reduce the feral cat population in Clark County and eliminate the unnecessary euthanasia of feral cats in shelters while improving the lives of these cats and reducing feline disease in the community.
TNR is an increasingly common way to manage stray and feral cat populations. Stray cats are humanely trapped, sterilized and vaccinated before they are returned to their original locations. There, they typically live in colonies overseen by caretakers who feed them and facilitate TNR efforts.
TNR is working across the country to lessen overpopulation of feral cats, reduce the number of cats entering shelters and bring feline euthanasia rates down. Feral cats are typically not adoptable, so many shelters face the difficult predicament of needing to euthanize otherwise healthy, feral cats to make space for adoptable pets. TNR gives communities a way to reduce feline overpopulation without resorting to euthanasia.
C5 focuses on TNR as well as educating the community about the importance of these programs and of spay and neuter in general. You can learn more about TNR here.
C5 is a community organization in Las Vegas, Nev. If you’re interested in learning more about C5 or becoming a volunteer, please visit the group’s website or email info(at)C5-TNR.org.