TNR – Trap, Neuter, Return
Kapsa run a trap neuter and return programme in and around Kalkan. The World Health Organisation, Dogs Trust, RSPCA and many other respected organisations consider TNR to be the most effective and humane way to control the stray animal population. This is two fold, the obvious advantage being that fewer unwanted kittens and puppies are born, naturally reducing the population numbers. However, research has shown a less obvious benefit to returning the neutered adult animals to their street environment – a healthy local population prevents other animals moving in and exacerbating the problem.
We have neutered 1000’s of cat and dogs since 2008 and we are now neutering over 500 animals a year, all paid for by donations and fundraising. We will neuter a street animal from Kalkan or any of the surrounding villages to ensure less unwanted animals are born. Dumping has been a big problem in the past and still happens today.
When a dog is neutered it is tagged, rabies vaccinated,treated for parasites and registered. Cats have the tip of one ear clipped for easy identification. The vets use keyhole surgery for a shorter recovery time. Over the years sometimes an animal looses a tag or it has to be removed because of infection so if you see an untagged dog it may have been neutered in the past. We have to use a bit of local knowledge and our registration forms too.
Since late 2014 our volunteers have also supported Kas Belediye when they hold village neutering days. A makeshift clinic is set up for street and owned animals to be neutered free of charge. This initiative has been very successful in spreading the word about the benefits of neutering. We try and encourage responsible ownership too.
If you are staying in Kalkan or live here please let us know if you see an unneutered animal – each operation makes a big difference to the life of that animal!