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Homeward Trails Animal Rescue

Trails UP TNR Event - Galax, VA

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is a vital program for humanely controlling the population of outdoor, community cats and kittens. It includes the safe, humane, trapping, sterilizing, and vaccination of outdoor cats. TNR can be done anytime during the year and has been proven incredibly effective.  There are many roles volunteers play in TNR.

If you have any questions, please email James McLaughlin at [email protected]

Trapping – If you enjoy being outdoors in the community and have the ability to carry and set traps (empty and with cats in them) then this is the role for you. It includes learning how to safely and effectively set a trap, monitoring the traps while they are set, carefully logging the details of the cats trapped and safely bringing the cats to the receiving location. You will get your hands dirty and it can be a physical role. But nothing is more rewarding than hearing and seeing those traps go off and finding a cat in a trap whose life will be improved! If you are new to TNR, you will be paired with an experienced trapper to show you the ropes.

Returning Cats – Taking the trapped cats back to caregiver’s property post-surgery and releasing the cats into their outdoor homes. Volunteers in this role will need to be able to carry the cats in the traps, transport the traps in vehicles and open the traps. It is so rewarding to watch the cats run out of the traps and resume their normal lives. The caregivers are always happy to welcome the cats home.

Cat Caretaking – Once the cats return to the receiving location they will need to be kept quiet and calm and provided with food and water before and after their surgery. If you enjoy making animals comfortable and have an eye for detail this is an ideal role. You will be trained on how to safely feed and water a trapped cat, look out for illnesses or injuries that need to be recorded, and monitor the cats to decrease stress and keep them safe.

Cleaning – This role may include cleaning the vehicles in which the animals are transported, cleaning the supplies used and cleaning the receiving location. As cats come and go to surgery, there are pads and coverings that need to be thrown away and replaced, items that need to be sterilized and overall tidying up of the receiving location. Sanitizing is an important part of a safe TNR clinic!

Laundry - Take home dirty towels and sheets to wash and then coordinate the return with the Twin County Humane Society. You have up to 10 days after the event has ended.

Follow Up Outreach –  This is a great opportunity for volunteers who want to help from home and enjoy working with humans. Follow up outreach will include calling cat caregivers to check in on how the cats are doing and whether they have any other need for support. 

Driver – As a driver, you will transport cats in traps to the clinic, which may sometimes (not always) be several hours away. You will be provided with tarps to protect your car. You will also assist with the loading and unloading of the cats.

Photographer – If you enjoy taking photos and videos this role is for you. It may require you to accompany trappers in the field as well as get footage at the receiving location. Quality photos and videos are important in sharing this work, securing donations and volunteers. 

Volunteer Support – This role will oversee securing/picking up food and drinks for volunteers, running errands for small items needed and helping keep our trappers and other volunteers supported! 

Post Event Clean Up – There will be much clean up needed once the TNR event is complete. Volunteers are needed to load up supplies, launder towels and trap covers, clean the receiving location, and clean and sanitize the traps. This could also involve returning traps and supplies borrowed from other organizations.

Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!

Location: 21 Mathews Street Galax, VA 24333 (Old Willing Partners Building)

Created by:   Rebecca Goodhart
 
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Date (mm/dd/yyyy EST) Available Slot
12/15/2022
(Thu. 4:30pm - 6:00pm)

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (4)

Help unload and set up the holding facility

 
2 of 4 slots filled
Michelle Dunford
Trina Miller
12/16/2022
(Fri. 9:00am - 6:00pm)

9:00 AM - 1:30 PM (3)

Trap cats (sites already designated)

 
1 of 3 slots filled
Tammy Chappell

1:30 PM - 5:00 PM (3)

Trap cats (sites already designated)

 
1 of 3 slots filled
Michelle Dunford

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM (3)

Assist with checking in cats, feeding and cleaning

 
1 of 3 slots filled
Tammy Chappell
12/17/2022
(Sat. 9:00am - 6:00pm)

09:00 AM - 10:00 AM (2)

Feed cats and clean holding facility

 
1 of 2 slots filled
Trina Miller

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (3)

Trap cats (sites already designated)

 

11:00 AM - 6:00 PM (3)

Assist with checking in cats, feeding and cleaning

 
1 of 3 slots filled
Angelica Porter

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (3)

Trap cats (sites already designated)

 
1 of 3 slots filled
Michelle Dunford
12/18/2022
(Sun. 9:00am - 6:30pm)

09:00 AM - 10:00 AM (2)

Feed cats and clean holding facility

 
1 of 2 slots filled
Trina Miller

12:30 PM - 3:00 PM (4)

Load cats for spay/neuter and clean up holding facility

 

9:00 AM - 6:30 PM

Pick up and wash laundry (Please specify a pickup time and coordinate the return of laundry with TCHS within the next 5 to 10 days)

 
Trina Miller
I can pick up laundry at any time best for you and return same as long as I know what time and where to meet someone.
12/19/2022
(Mon. 7:00pm - 10:00pm)

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (4)

Unload and feed cats

 
12/20/2022
(Tue. 9:00am - 5:00pm)

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (4)

Clean holding facility and traps, pack and load supplies

 

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (2)

Return cats to colonies & owner pickup

 
1 of 2 slots filled
Michelle Dunford

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Pick up and wash laundry (Please specify a pickup time and coordinate the return of laundry with TCHS within the next 5 to 10 days)

 
Trina Miller
I can pick up laundry at any time best for you and return same as long as I know what time and where to meet someone.
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