Humble, Texas – January 17, 2022 – Texas Litter Control announced today the implementation of a new lifesaving program benefiting the citizens and animals of the City of Humble. The City of Humble is getting its own community cat pilot program. Residents of the City of Humble will enjoy the benefit of free spay/neuter services for what has come to be known as community cats. These cats are not necessarily friendly or feral. They are simply cats who are successfully living as outdoor, free-roaming/stray cats. This pilot program has been made possible through funding from a grant from Petco Love.
We are calling on all citizens of the City of Humble to participate in this project! The shelter needs your help! If you are feeding a community cat within the city limits of Humble, simply trap the cat in a live, humane trap and bring it to our Humble clinic at 7am on any day the clinic is open. Call the day before to make sure the clinic is open or you can book an appointment online if you are planning to trap. TLC will take up to 1 trapped cat per day with no appointment. They will spay/neuter, vaccinate the cat for rabies and some other feline diseases, and ear tip the cat. The ear tip shows others in the community the kitty has been spayed/neutered and has received a rabies shot. Visit the website for all rules and restrictions. https://texaslittercontrol.org/tnr-for-community-cats. Please understand there are very specific rules involved with this program due to the clinic’s liability and worker’s comp insurance policies. Please call the TLC clinic if you have any questions about the rules of this program 281-528-1238.
Texas Litter Control acts in a support capacity for the shelters. They base their programs on the needs of the shelters by using shelter data to drive the direction of their programs. They have been working with the city’s animal shelter for some time now. They take the shelter’s adoptable cats into their 2 adoption sites at the PetSmart and Petco stores in Humble. They also spay/neuter all of the shelter’s cats and dogs so they can be adopted.
“We are so excited to be working on this new program with the City of Humble,” explains Deana Sellens, Executive Director of Texas Litter Control and Advisory Board Member for the City of Humble Animal Shelter. “The Humble Animal Shelter has been an awesome partner in helping TLC structure new programs. The shelter’s management is very transparent and easy to work with.”
Community cats are beneficial to the community because they keep the snake and rodent populations at bay. Cats are also territorial so they tend to keep other cats away from their areas. The most important issue with these cats is that they must be spayed/neutered. An unaltered cat can have up to 4 litters of kittens a year! Many of these litters end up in our local shelters.
Texas Litter Control had been integral in establishing a community cat program in Montgomery County. This program has been helping the county shelter since May of 2016. The county was so successful that Harris County eventually followed suit. The different county programs do not help the cities. These programs only help the citizens within the jurisdiction of the shelters servicing their addresses. City of Houston also has a successful community cat program. Now we can add the citizens of the City of Humble to the list of communities helping their shelters with a community cat program.
About Texas Litter Control
Texas litter Control is a Texas Non Profit Corporation and 501c3 public charity.
Texas Litter Control is a high quality, low cost veterinary clinic, adoption center, pet food bank, and shelter support program for companion animals. Our mission is to eliminate the suffering of companion pets in Texas by:
Educating the public on the importance of spaying/neutering and proper pet healthcare;
Providing a low cost solution available to the general public for spay and neuter and basic wellness services;
Providing extended pet healthcare to income and program qualified individuals;
Providing adoption options for fully vetted pets to the public;
Providing alternative solutions such as healthcare, food and other basic needs to pet owners considering surrendering a pet to a local shelter;
Providing a networking and educational forum for animal welfare organizations to work together;
Providing high quality, high volume spay/neuter surgery training for Veterinarians; and
Mentoring other animal welfare groups to open clinics in other under serviced areas.
About Petco Love (Formerly Petco Foundation)
Petco Love is a nonprofit changing lives by making communities and pet families closer, stronger, and healthier. Since our founding in 1999 as the Petco Foundation, we’ve empowered animal welfare organizations by investing $300 million in adoption and other lifesaving efforts. We’ve helped find loving homes for more than 6.5 million pets in partnership with Petco and organizations nationwide. Today, our love for pets drives us to lead with innovation, creating tools animal lovers need to reunite lost pets, and lead with passion, inspiring and mobilizing communities and our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners to drive lifesaving change alongside us. Is love calling you? Visit petcolove.org or follow at Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn to be part of the lifesaving work we’re leading every day.