Due to the absence of an established ABC program backed by the government, the cat population in Bangalore has seen a steep rise in recent years. This leads to the following problems for both people and animal:
- A higher occurrence and spread of disease among cats resulting in widespread suffering.
- Due to a scarcity of food, cats have had to resort to pilfering from homes and this has led to conflict between the cats and people
- An abnormal population of cats concentrated in a certain area leads to the depletion of resources in that area and vicious territorial disputes.
- Wailing during mating season can be a great disturbance at night time.
CUPA presently runs two separate initiatives to tackle these issues.
Trap. Neuter. Return (T.N.R)
While dogs do not enter gated communities, high walls and security is not a barrier for our agile community cats. They enter closed communities very easily and make themselves comfortable in corridors and in the basement provide for excellent breeding grounds for cats, they are a relatively safer environment and cats usually find a steady supply of food here. They are clean, quiet animals that prefer to keep to themselves.
In order to deal with this issue, CUPA has initiated the T.N.R program. This city’s first and largest community-driven sterilization program. This is a paid program where CUPA works in tandem with members of the community to trap, sterilize and provide post-operative care to as many cats as possible over a span of three days.
Communities are eligible for this program if the number of cats exceeds 12.
Kindly write into email@example.com if you would like to initiate a T.N.R program in your community.
Hundred Cat Project, aided by Help Animals India.
This program lets individuals bring stray cats to the CUPA clinic at RT Nagar for subsidized sterilization surgeries. A code is assigned to each cat and upon providing it at the clinic, a discounted amount is charged. Individuals may write into firstname.lastname@example.org to avail this program.
It is mandatory that every cat that comes under the HCP program will have its ear notched (a marker that the cat has been sterilized).