Trap Neuter Return (TNR)

In 2008 I sold my business, burnt out from seven years self-employment 24/7 with very little to show for it, and from the emotional devastation of the FIE virus. With the house free of kittens for a while, I had time to think. We’d done a great job in difficult circumstances with the fostering, but we hadn’t made any long term difference for the animals in West Cork. We’d made a huge difference for the animals we’d rescued, but the numbers needing rescuing weren’t changing and animal welfare was no further forward.

But our TNR work, carried out mostly by Jenni by this point, did make a difference. A big difference. So, I finally sat down and started reading about animal welfare and rescue – and Trap Neuter Return (see our Recommended Reading). And boy do I wish I’d read up on the issues back when I started!

Like many before me, I came to the conclusion that Trap Neuter Return (TNR) was the way forward. While rescue helps the individual animals taken in and rehomed, it doesn’t make any long term difference to the animal welfare problems endemic in Ireland. TNR does. With Targeted Trapping all animals in an area are neutered, overpopulation is addressed. And less animals need rescued every day of every year. A real long term solution.

We simply don’t have and can’t get enough money to rescue every animal in West Cork that needs our help. But we can humanely reduce the numbers of animals that will need our help in years to come … through TNR, neutering of companion animals, increasing human responsibility and legislative change.

Jenni and I had several long discussions about it. And RAWR (Rural Animal Welfare Resources) was born. With the help of other dedicated animal welfarites, we set up a company with charitable status and set off to neuter every cat in West Cork.

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