TRAP-NEUTER-RETURN (TNR) is a humane method of trapping community cats using live traps. Free-roaming strays, barn cats and feral (wild) cats living outdoors in cities, towns and rural areas are humanely trapped, evaluated, vaccinated, and spayed/neutered by veterinarians. Kittens and social cats are adopted into good homes. Healthy barn and feral cats are returned to their familiar habitat after being properly treated.
TNR is the only scientifically proven method of reducing the feral cat population. TNR is the answer to effectively reducing the overpopulation of cats. TNR reduces most cat-related nuisances, poses no threat to public health and safety, and keeps rodent control in place.
TNR programs are critical in the prevention of thousands and thousands of unwanted kittens from being born. It is the single most effective way to help free-roaming cats because sterilized cats have improved health and life expectancy. They are less likely to get hit by cars, injured in fights with other animals, or to contract FeLV or FIV. The cat behavior that humans find objectionable (fighting, yowling, marking) is minimized, thus reducing the risk of removal or eradication.
This method consists of:
*ear tipping is the process of removing 1⁄4 inch straight line cut off tip of left ear. This allows colony caretakers to know of any new cats in the colony that need to be altered.
Because feral cats are wild animals and cannot usually be tamed in order to become a pet. Sometimes we trap a cat/kitten that appears to be friendly. If we have the monetary and volunteer resources to take him into our care, we will socialize them and adopt them out.
Once you have contacted us and we determine the date for TNR, you need to do the following:
Addresses shelter issues:
Addresses animal welfare issues: