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Students collect signatures for TNR program

Students collect signatures for TNR program

Emma Corry, Staff Writer

February 26, 2019

Victoria West grew up loving animals, nature and the environment. Now the senior psychology major is trying to help reduce the feral cat population at USI through Trap, Neuter and Release. Victoria West is the Environmental Chair of the USI Honors Student Council. She became aware of the feral cats her freshman year...

‘All animals deserve a chance to find happiness’

The university has been dealing with the presence of feral cats for many years, however, no policy change has been made.

Emma Corry, Staff Writer

October 15, 2018

Hannah Stone first saw the pregnant cat about three weeks after move in. “I had been hearing about this pregnant cat that had been hanging out around the apartment buildings,” the freshmen art major said. “Eventually, I saw her, and she looked ready to pop.” Back in 2014, a junior psychol...

Cat got university’s tongue

Cat got university's tongue

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

January 31, 2018

Jorden Auker As students walk around campus, chances are they will notice stray cats. In 2014, Audrey Maxwell decided the university needed a better way to deal with the feral cats on campus. Maxwell was a junior psychology major at the time and she became impassioned to help feral cats after find...

Cat plan advances: Student government supports TNR procedure

Cat plan advances: Student government supports TNR procedure

James Vaughn

February 25, 2014

The Student Government Association unanimously approved a symbolic resolution at its Feb. 20, meeting, which backs junior Audrey Maxwell's proposed TNR (trap, neuter, return) policy. Maxwell said administrators told her the "Trap Neuter Return USI Feral Cat Population" petition she created and gained over 400 signatures on wasn't enough. S...

Campus community challenges feral cat procedure

Campus community challenges feral cat procedure

Jessie Hellmann

February 5, 2014

Junior Audrey Maxwell received a call from a friend this year saying she found four kittens outside of her on-campus apartment. Not wanting to break campus policy prohibiting pets, she left the kittens outside. Two froze to death overnight. “I drove and picked up the remaining kittens and h...

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