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Terrebonne Parish Animal Shelter (TPAS) has recently updated the Animal Shelter webpage with up-to-date information on frequently-discussed topics. Below is a summary of some of the added topics. The topics include maintaining a nuisance-free home/property, caring for community cats and kittens, and surrendering a pet.
Louisiana is home to many different species of wildlife. At some point, most citizens here will come across some of the neighborhood critters. Here are some ways you can keep your home and property critter free.
What is a community cat? A community cat is a cat that lives outdoors that has been spayed/neutered and given immunizations, including rabies, and can be identified by having a tipped ear.
If you find a community cat without an ear-tip, the best thing to do is TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return). TNR is the process of humanely trapping and transporting community cats for spay/neuter surgery, rabies vacation, and ear-tipping. After the procedures, the cat is returned to their outdoor home.
Community cats can provide a free and natural form of pest control for neighborhoods.
When you find a litter of kittens, the best thing to do is leave the kittens alone. The mother cat will likely return shortly. It’s critical that the kittens remain in her care as she offers the best chance for survival.
If you find the kittens and are extremely certain that they are orphaned, you can step in and help by caring for the kittens until they’re old enough to find homes. The Terrebonne Parish Animal Shelter has launched a program called Milk Man. This program is designed to make it convenient for people who care for newborn kittens in their home. The animal shelter will provide all the necessary tools to ensure the kittens get off to a healthy start and help find forever homes for the kittens when they are ready.
If you feel you can no longer care for your pet and must surrender him/her to the Terrebonne Parish Animal Shelter, you must be a Terrebonne Parish resident with a valid ID and make an appointment with TPAS.
An alternative to surrendering your pet to a shelter is finding your pet a new home.
If it is a behavioral issue, there are local professional trainers that are here to help:
For more information on any of these topics, visit the Terrebonne Parish Animal Shelter webpage.
If you are interested in adopting, fill out an adoption questionaire to start the adoption process.