Lauren McCluskey Foundation supports "100 Feral Cats Day" in Idaho

This Aug. 21, 2018 photo, provided by the University of Utah, shows Lauren McCluskey, a member of the University of Utah cross country and track and field team. (Steve C. Wilson/University of Utah via AP)

The Lauren McCluskey Foundation is supporting an event to help improve the welfare of wild cats.

According to a statement released by the organization, they hope to help 100 cats during the "100 Feral Cats Day" on April 14 in Moscow, Idaho.

Animal House Ferals is partnering with Dr. Tammy Faulker of Affordable Veterinary Clinic and students from Washington State University (WSU) College of Veterinary Medicine to host the event. The Lauren McCluskey Foundation and PetSmart Charities are supporting the event.

The groups plan to trap, neuter, vaccinated and release (TNR) local feral cats in an effort to reduce the high feral population numbers and improve cat welfare.

Research shows that TNR programs reduce kitten mortality and enhance feral cat welfare. By comparison, trap and removal programs seem to go hand-in-hand with increases in feral cat populations. One study documented a 75% increase in a cat colony size where cats were removed, a press release stated.

The Lauren McCluskey Foundation supports improving campus safety, athletics and animal shelters. Jill and Matt McCluskey started the organization in honor of their daughter Lauren, who was shot and killed on the University of Utah campus in October 2018.

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