Nick McWilliams reporting – A non-profit has positively impacted the stray car population in the city of Dover.

The Tuscarawas County TNR Project set out to trap, neuter, and return feral cats in Dover and other communities where they received approval, hoping to curb the total of strays that had become a nuisance.

Interim Mayor Shane Gunnoe told council recently that he received word from President Marilyn Grafe on the numbers of cats address within the city limits since first being approved in 2019.

“The group has trapped, neutered, and released 578 cats and adopted out 178 kittens. This project has required no funding from Dover taxpayers and the neighborhoods in which the group has worked has seen an approximate reduction of 50 percent in the number of feral cats.”

Dover was one of the first municipalities to adopt the practice, followed suit by New Philadelphia, Uhrichsville, Dennison, and Strasburg, in to other counties.

For more details, visit the Tuscarawas County TNR Facebook page, and for donations, send all checks to 5143 Blacksnake Hill Road NE, Dover, Ohio 44622.

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