HSCC TNR Grant Program and Helpful Information
HSCC TNR Program Funding:
The HSCC Community Cat Trap Neuter and Return (TNR) program is entirely funded by various grants and donations from the public that are designated specifically for the TNR program.
- This program has been in existence since October 2016 and entirely staffed by unpaid volunteers.
- TNR Surgery and rabies vaccine (for a specified number of cats) were subsidized by our current 2021-22 Maryland Department of Agriculture grant (now expended).
- Extra services for the TNR cats at the time of surgery (eg. FVRCP vaccine, Flea/Tick preventative, dewormer, and eartip) are covered by TNR program donations (until expended).
- ALL trapping equipment, transportation to spay/neuter surgery, post surgical recovery facilities and labor, supplies, TNR vehicle gas and maintenance are funded through program donations by citizens.
- ALL program labor, (trapping, transport, recovery assistance, etc) personal vehicles, personal facilities and supplies, gas/maintenance are provided by volunteers at their personal expense and time.
- Program support is limited by funding availability and volunteer labor availability at all times.
TNR Grants, Coverage Areas and Donations:
Maryland Department of Agriculture Feral Cat TNR Grant and Coverage area: Our TNR grant from the Maryland Department of Agriculture funds Spay/Neuter TNR surgery and rabies vaccines for managed colony community cats at our clinic. The grant requires that the cats are from managed colonies anywhere in Charles County (except Cobb Island) and includes coverage for ALL portions (PG and Charles) of Accokeek, Waldorf, and Brandywine and all portions (St Mary's and Charles) of Mechanicsville and Charlotte Hall, MD. All other areas are NOT currently covered by this grant. This will continue until the grant funds for the year are expended. UPDATE: This grant is expended and not currently available
FVRCP vaccines, Flea/Tick topical treatment, and dewormer for all feral cats at the time of their TNR surgery is currently funded by public TNR program donations. This will continue until funds are expended
TNR Donations: TNR Donations pay all program expenses and provide funding for limited feral medical expense and surgeries (case by case basis) for community cats in non-covered MDA areas. Donation funded services and covered expenses are strictly limited by available TNR program donations. When there is limited or no funding, services are reduced or terminated until funding is available (via new donations or new grants).
HELPFUL COMMUNITY CATS INFORMATION LINKS/RESOURCES
KITTENS-KITTENS-KITTENS. 90% of adoptable kittens come from TNR Colonies! Kittens are best left with their mother until they are at least 4-6 weeks old. Mother’s milk provides kittens with all of the nutrients and immunity that they need to survive and thrive. Whenever possible, staying with mom (until the kitten can eat solid food) is the best. Kittens raised by feral moms learn to fear humans. But if they are placed into foster care by 6-8 weeks of age, they can be socialized and become well-rounded, loving pets (who can be adopted in a few weeks).