Trap, Neuter, Return & Maintain (TNR&M)
Feline Friends of Destin (FFoD) is an approved Federal government organization - a 501(c)3 nonprofit animal welfare organization. The mission of FFoD is to control the community cat population and reduce the killing and abandonment of healthy companion animals through the nationally recognized program, “Trap-Neuter-Return-Maintain” (TNR-M), foster-based rescue and adoptions, education and community assistance.
Kittens and Cats that have been humanely trapped and gone through the TNR-M program are easily identified by their “notched” ear which indicates they have been spayed or neutered, microchipped, rabies vaccinated, checked for diseases then released to the environment where they were trapped. They belong to a colony where an established “feeding station” is manned by FFoD volunteers! The cats live out their lives in a controlled environment without reproducing more kittens.
It should be noted that at no time do any the cats that go through the TNR-M program belong to FFoD. The TNR-M program is a service provided to the community.
If a citizen decides to attempt relocating a TNR-M cat, they do so at their own risk. FFoD is not responsible and is released of any actions that may occur in trapping/relocating feral cats. Some TNR-M cats are tame and can be relocated. However, relocating true “feral” cats is not recommended. It is a time-consuming, difficult process and should only be handled by FFoD professionals. Again it is rarely successful.