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The idea concerning the urban cats in Warsaw - practices of the city of WarsawAfter challenging an old model of shelters by the Animal Protection Act of 1997 (a ban to put animals to the death due to their homelessness), and after bad experience with maintaining a city shelter by the Foundation "Animals" in 1997-1999, the Warsaw shelter avoids cats' admissions and since 2005, the City Hall has supported regularly carers and non-governmental organizations dealing with urban cats, with an emphasis on spaying/neutering. An active support for cat carers (known as "caregivers") occurs in two ways:
The TNR policy is so specific that it cannot be effective as long as its implementation is organizationally mixed with an achievement of other objectives and motives. The city possesses a comprehensive list of the tasks and procedures for dealing with different animals in different situations. The priority for all urban cat caregivers, individual or organized, is to rescue the animal, provide it with the care and necessary medical treatments, or just feed it. A strong empathic motivation can manifest itself even in a condemnation of spaying/neutering treatments, especially of the TNR practice which, after all, "hurts" individuals.
For the effective practice of TNR policy it is necessary to separate it from all other actions of helping animals. Otherwise, the overall motive of any assistance provided to each animal will exhaust resources and strengths for rearing litter, socializing, finding homes for the captured cats and intensive treatment of animals that are unlikely to ever recover, etc. Or vice versa, with a goal of healing of the cat population, one would have to examine all captured cats suspected of incurable diseases, though observing them for the longer time during quarantine, repeating tests and then putting many of them to the death. The desire to consider all the objectives, motives of care and ways to help, brings us back to the concept of the large, multifunctional and costly shelter for cats or more of these shelters. These in turn, even if established, would not be able to deal with the influx of animals, as long as their reproduction had not been under control. Inevitably, at the end they would become for cats exactly the same as the present shelter.
So far, the attitude of both, the municipality and caregivers assumes interaction for the full care. However, given the limited resources, it undermines reaching the goal of challenging this hopeless situation. The TNR policy focuses on a narrow range of activities. It seems questionable from the point of view of the care for the individual animal, however, it is the key factor for the effectiveness of care for all of them.
The scope of activities and procedures adopted in the frame of the TNR policy requires strict selection and compliance, and in the existing frame and system of help distribution of the municipality it is not possible. This applies to both the vouchers and donations provided to the organizations as well as the range of services purchased in the tenders for the clinics.
ARGOS Foundation for Animals, 04-886 Warszawa, Garncarska 37A st., KRS: 0000286138
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The KOTERIA neutering clinic for feral cats in Warsaw, Chrzanowskiego 13 st., Warszawa, +48 535 870 225
Manager of KOTERIA Anna Wypych: tel. 603 651 044 | Chief vet Iwona Kłucińska-Petschl tel. + 48 502 642 932