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By Cat Viglienzoni — May 2, 2012

One of the segments I get to fill on my morning show is an “Everything Animals” segment (I’ve done pieces for this before… see the “Pet Spending” piece I did a few weeks back). This week, I did a piece on the Humane Society of Chittenden County’s Trap, Neuter, and Release (or TNR) program. We shot this a couple weeks into April, and it was supposed to run on May 7 but I had to push it up a week because another “Everything Animals” piece fell through.

I decided not to liveside this one — there was nothing it would have added to have me do an on-camera intro and tag, because the piece itself is pretty comprehensive.

The only thing I would have added was a mention of how they sometimes have deal with the most feral cat populations — the ones that are so feral they won’t appear when it’s light out. That’s when they have to do a night trapping, which are not ideal because you run the risk of capturing something else (raccoon, skunk, possum…).

As a cat lover, it was all I could do to remind myself that it would be inadvisable for me to try to play with the feral kitties. Or to take them home — they’ll hide in the most enclosed space they can find and/or crash into walls trying to get out. And I learned a few new things — the most interesting being JoAnn’s comment that the more feral a population of wild cats is, the darker they’ll be. So when she encounters a feral colony that’s virtually black, she knows they’re going to be harder to catch.

This piece also marked the first (and honestly, hopefully only) time I saw a cat be spayed. I know that Dr. Larson can do it in five minutes because I stood there with my photographer and watched the whole thing. (I couldn’t resist asking her how long it took her to neuter a cat if it only took her five minutes to spay one. She said she hadn’t timed it.)

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Written by Cat Viglienzoni

May 2, 2012 at 4:46 PM

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