Laurel TNR

Learn how to care for colonies of stray and feral cats in Laurel at a workshop Oct. 23. (File staff photo by Jen Rynda / October 11, 2012)

A Laurel group that works to humanely reduce the local stray and feral cat population will hold a community workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. in the city's pool meeting room, Ninth and Main streets.

The workshop, sponsored by Laurel TNR (trap-neuter-return), will cover how to safely trap stray and feral cats to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated and returned to the territories, a process known as TNR. Participants will also learn how to care for colonies of community cats and working with neighbors to address cat issues. Time will be allocated to discuss individual cat problems. 

Last year, the city ended its trap and kill program for stray and feral cats. Laurel TNR volunteers are helping to trap the cats, which are spayed or neutered at Spay Now in Laurel, a low-cost spay and neuter clinic.

According to Laurel TNR volunteer Helen Woods, Spay Now is sterilizing 100 or more animals each week.

For more information about the workshop, to volunteer with a TNR team or for help with a specific cat problem, go to laureltnr.org or contact info@laureltnr.org.