POSTED: Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 2:27pm
UPDATED: Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 5:45pm
EL PASO — Animal Service helped save a feral cat in South Central El Paso.
Officers found the cat on the 5000 block of El Paso Drive with its head trapped in an empty tin can.
The cat was taken to the City's Animal Shelter for treatment. Staff members placed the cat under anesthesia in order to safely remove the can. The cat was also neutered and vaccinated against rabies.
Environmental Services said, "The cat was released back into the neighborhood where it was found and will now be cared for by a feral cat colony manager; a person who feeds and cares for feral cats in their neighborhood. Feral cats are not available for adoption."
Animal Services believes the cat was most likely looking for food and got his head stuck in the discarded tin can.
The City of El Paso Environmental Services Department wants to remind the public to not to litter, keep trash in garbage bags and put them securely in trash bins.
The Animal Services Division is working to humanely control the feral cat population through the use of a trap-neuter-release (TNR) program in which feral cats are trapped, spay or neutered and released into the neighborhood where they were collected. Ultimately, over time, the population of the colony will decrease and keep other cats from coming into the territory.
For more information on the TNR program or to become a feral cat colony manager, call the City of El Paso Animal Services Division at (915) 842-1000.