Al Mirqab Kittens
Organized by: Caitlin Farinelli
The cats and kittens of Al Mirqab 2 compound need your help! We have managed to TNR (trap-neuter-return) several over the years, and most of the kitties in Al Mirqab 1, but there are too many cats and not enough people to help in Al Mirqab 2. We are also lacking support from management, who used to permanently remove the cats, which we all know results in MORE cats coming into the compound, and more kittens being bred by those who managed to escape removal. We are also facing the problem of residents complaining about the cats and management complying with requests to remove the cats. Two families of mommies and babies have already been rehomed by a member of the TNR team to prevent them from potential abuse. The truth is, TNR stops many of the negative behaviors that result in complaints, so we need to TNR as many cats as possible as soon as possible.
Several residents of Al Mirqab 1 and 2 have banded together to reduce the population through TNR. TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) is the most effective way of controlling community cat population. It includes trapping the cats, spaying/neutering them, and returning to them to their homes. One ear is usually “tipped” (a small section cut off the top) to indicate that they are spayed/neutered. TNR has been documented all over the world at stabilizing and even eliminating animal populations over time. As soon as cats start to get spayed and neutered, the population stabilizes almost immediately, and over time, no new kittens are born, and no new cats appear.
TNR also makes our neighborhoods nicer places to live! Cats who have been spayed/neutered stop spraying, yowling, wandering, fighting, and making new kittens.. Many local governments in the US know the benefits of TNR, and heavily subsidize TNR initiatives because it is the only method that really works. Unfortunately, in an attempt to control population, management of Al Mirqab compounds (and locations all over Doha) usually simply remove (or otherwise kill) the cats. Many people don’t know about TNR and complain about the cats and ask for their removal as well. This is the least effective method of controlling the population, and actually increases the population. The catch-and-remove method creates a vacuum, so that more cats move in, and the ones that managed to not be captured reproduce.
We are currently in talks with the management of Al Mirqab in order to request their support and help doing TNR in the compounds. While we have been successful doing some TNR, we need more funds as well as support from the community. Please help us help the cats, and make our humble compound someplace nicer to live!