Beginning January 1, 201 Charleston County began the Free Roaming Cat Program (FRC) through a grant provided by the ASPCA. Under the program, qualifying free roaming cats are trapped, vaccinated, altered and returned to their original location (or within 300 yards of the original trapping location) within a few days (24 to 72 hours). In addition, each cat is ear-tipped, the universal symbol of a sterilized feral cat. This humane, non-lethal, proven technique is known as TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return). TNR is now accepted by the National Animal Control Association and Charleston County Animal Control as the preferred method of cat population control.
Since it began over 4,836 feral cats have been returned to the field instead of being euthanized. Saving these cats has been the major factor for the increase in the live release rate (the number of animals who come into county shelters and leave alive) in Charleston County from 37% to 65% in three years. You can read what the ASPCA has to say about our success by reading their article "Charleston County's Community Cats".
To learn more about the details of the program and how you can trap-neuter-return the cats in your neighborhood download the Feline Freedom Community Cat Brochure HERE.