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 throughout the world consider TNR to be the most effective and humane way to control the stray animal population. Turkey, like many, many countries across the world has a street dog and cat population throughout the country and KAPSA has been hugely successful in bringing the numbers of those down in Kalkan dramatically over several years, to a more manageable level using TNR.
How this works is two fold, the obvious advantage being that fewer unwanted kittens and puppies are born, naturally reducing the population numbers. However, research in various countries 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. Cats and dogs are naturally territorial, and it’s this factor that keeps the population stable and stops other animals moving into the area, a kind of ‘natural order’. If you have ever wondered why you always see certain dogs only in particular areas, this is the reason – they have their established ‘patch’, some have larger areas, some smaller.
We have neutered 1000’s of cat and dogs since 2008 and we are now neutering 400- 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, has mixed vaccinations, inc rabies, treated for parasites and registered. Cats are also neutered and health checked and 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. If you see a cat without the clipped ear, please do let one of our local volunteers know.
Since late 2014 our volunteers have also supported Kas Belediye when they hold village neutering days in Kinik, Ova, Akbel and other villages around Kalkan. 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. More and more local people are getting involved with the program and together with the winter feeding program, real progress has been made in Kalkan and a huge and positive difference has been made to the lives of so many animals.
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!