TNR Week: Disneyland Views Feral Cats as “Partners”

Tue, Sep 14, 2010

Animal Welfare

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Over the last 25 years, feral cats have played an important role at the Disneyland Resort. When the gates close and the crowds are gone, about 200 cats walk the Disneyland property doing their part to control mice and other rodents. The cats have played this role for 25 years,  but 7 years ago an official TNR program was instituted by the animal care staff to help maintain the population. TNR is part of a regular program that helps keep the cats healthy and the population under control so the cats can continue to do their important work. The cats receive ongoing care and are fed at five hidden feeding stations throughout the park.

The TNR program was instituted with the help of local TNR organizations including FixNation, one of the largest cat advocacy organizations in the Los Angeles area. Stay tuned for more info about local resources across the country later in the week.

Kudos to Disneyland for seeing the benefits of having feral cats as part of their community and for doing their part to manage the cats responsibly! Read more about this story at Alley Cat Allies.

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12 Responses to “TNR Week: Disneyland Views Feral Cats as “Partners””

  1. 1
    Angie Bailey

    That’s great — I never knew that! I just hope they don’t get to Mickey… ;)

    Angie
    Catladyland/Katt Food

  2. 2
    Leslie

    Very cool!!! I was also checked out the link to FixNation….I love that they have cats in the office. What a great thing to do for cats and us. I appreciate the info for TNR week…it has been great!

  3. 3
    jmuhj

    Echoing both posters’ thoughts and adding my appreciation to you for the fascinating, informative and educational TNR Week stories — more businesses should have cats in residence, for these reasons and most importantly, to give more cats secure homes. They can take valuable lessons from the past when cats were much respected for their abilities — sounds like Disneyland “gets it”.

  4. 4
    Sheryl Marsh

    Love the info. I just got back home from our local shelter that
    has an awesome spay & neuter program. Keep up the great work on
    getting the news out about TNR.

  5. 5
    Ruby Tuesday

    Hey ModernCats!
    I’m a loyal reader and a Disneyland Resort Cast Member. I work in Parking and can tell you that our Cast not only appreciates the work that the cats do for us, but we are incredibly protective of them. If I see one of our ferals crossing a road or sidewalk, I will make sure to give them a wide birth and protect them from any Guests that might try to make contact with them. I’m proud to work along side them as they do their jobs and proud to work for an organization that recognizes their value and treats them humanely and with respect.
    Peace, Love, & Mickey Mouse,
    Ruby

  6. 6
    Theresa

    I’ve seen the feral cats at Disneyland and California Adventure but had no idea there were that many! We sometimes buy a tuna sandwich at White Water Snacks at the Grand Californian and sit outside. There’s usually a few kitties who will pop their heads through thru the rails expecting some of the tuna.

  7. 7
    LisaB

    Wonderful! The first thing I thought of when I read this is exactly what Angie Bailey (comment #1) said. I went to high school in Anaheim and have been to Disneyland many times.

    Thanks for the TNR news. I’m going to try to trap 2 adorable feral kittens this week for just that purpose, wish me luck!

  8. 8
    Courtney W.

    One more reason to love Disneyland! =^.^=

  9. 9
    patricia bills

    This is awesome!! I am a great supporter of saving the feral population and a program like this warms my heart. Kudos to disney!!

  10. 10
    rustypup

    I was in Disneyland last year and saw 2 of the feral cats. I did not known how large the cat population was! This is a great job being done by Disney and TNR organizations. Keep up the good work!

  11. 11
    meowmeowmans

    This is so cool! I’ve seen some ferals at Disneyland before, but had no ide athere were so many — or that they were part of a TNR program! Awesome.

  12. 12
    Teresa Ann

    Awesome .


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