A Buncrana-based charity is calling for community support to help feral cats and kittens this spring.
Michelle Morley of TNR Donegal is hoping to raise funds to neuter more homeless cats in the area.
Feral cat overpopulation is a big concern in Ireland with many cats left behind or dumped when their owners are no longer willing to look after them or need to move house.
If they are not spayed or neutered, stray and feral cats multiply quickly.
Within five years, one female cat can be responsible for 20,000 feral kittens. Feral cat overpopulation causes serious welfare concerns and disruption to local communities and ecosystems.
Morley has launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR) services. This process sees feral cats humanely trapped, neutered by a vet and returned to the trap site once in good health.
Cats undergoing TNR are also health checked, vaccinated and treated for parasites. This process reduces the risk of certain cancers, having a positive benefit for health and lifespan, and curbing unwanted behaviour and marking.
The GoFundMe campaign appeals to people to ‘Spring into Action’ and support TNR Donegal as they save and chance cats’ lives. The charity is also calling for volunteers to support their work in trapping cats for TNR.