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As Greenville County Animal Care continues to build its community cat diversion program, they are seeing a tremendous decrease in the number of cats being brought in and housed. Because of this, they have begun the transformation of the cat rooms in the shelter; including adding port-holes to many of the cat cages which basically doubles the space each cat will have. This is a best practice and important to keeping our cats healthy both mentally and physically. Cats now have ‘adjoining suites’ with one side for living and one for pottying.

Greenville County’s Community Cat Diversion Program operates under the guides of the proven Trap, Neuter, and Return (TNR) method. With the health of the community and the animal as the priority, the TNR program is a scientifically proven method that reduces cat overpopulation in an effective and humane way. Here is how it works: Community cats brought to Animal Care are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and ear tipped. After recovery, the cats are returned to their outdoor home, where they may or may not be a part of a colony. This method is used around the world and is well documented to improve the life of the cat, improve its relationship with humans, and over time, reduce the number of cats in their colony. Some friendly cats who display social skills can even become adoptable pets.