Three Rivers Feral Project
Three Animal Shelters collaborate to help curb the feral cat population in Hazelwood; more city neighborhoods to follow.
Who: Three Rivers Feral Project: A Partnership of The Animal Rescue League of Western PA, Animal Friends and the Western Pa Humane Society; with support from the City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety
The Three Rivers Feral Project, a collaborative partnership of the region’s three major animal welfare organizations
(the Animal Rescue League, the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society and Animal Friends), is launching its first
Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) trapping and spay/neuter clinic for feral cats in the Hazelwood neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
The goal of the Three Rivers Feral Project is to reduce the negative impact of feral cats in targeted neighborhoods and humanely
stop the cycle of breeding in order to create more stable and healthy feral cat colonies throughout the City. Left to their own
devices, an unaltered feral cat and her kittens can produce hundreds, even thousands, of kittens in just a few years.
Negative behaviors like spraying, loud meowing, and fighting are greatly reduced once the members of a feral colony
are altered. Hazelwood was chosen as the first target neighborhood to test the effectiveness of the program before encouraging
other neighborhoods to participate. A community meeting about the Three Rivers Feral Project and its TNR methods was held
on May 17th at the Hazelwood YMCA. A training session for interested volunteers followed on May 27th and the first trapping
will happen on the weekend of June 6th. On Saturday, June 7th, the ARL will host the first of what we hope will be many
TNR ‘Spay/Neuter Days’. We hope to vaccinate and alter up to 70 cats from Hazelwood.
For More Information Contact:
Kathleen and Carol Animal Friends 412-847-7000
Cleda Klingensmith Animal Rescue League
412-661-6452 ext. 231
Western PA Humane Society 412/321-4625
Lee Nesler X226
Chris Whyle X221