Just Do It

My project documents TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) in Austin, America's largest No Kill City. TNR is the method of humanely trapping free roaming feral cats, who have been abandoned or lost and have turned wild in order to survive. TNR involves having them spayed or neutered and vaccinated against rabies, then returning them to their colony to live out their lives without adding to the homeless cat population. It has been shown to be the least costly as well as the most efficient and humane way of stabilizing feral cat populations.

The number of feral cats in the United States is estimated to be in the tens of millions, and just one unsterilized female cat can be responsible for 370,000 offspring over the course of seven years. Sadly, many communities still opt to control populations using outdated methods, including lethal elimination or relocation. Not only are some of these methods horribly barbaric, they are also highly ineffective.

I became involved in TNR in Central Texas after fixing and adopting out a colony of cats in my neighborhood that were reproducing prolifically. After taking them to the Austin Humane Society to be fixed, it hit me that I had to do something more, other than just being a trapper. I decided to make photographs with the community who were making a dent in the feral colonies in Austin and beyond, documenting their dedication to animal welfare. This is their ongoing story.

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