What is TNR?
Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is a very effective method known for managing feral and community cats and reducing their numbers. The cats typically live together in a group called a colony. They are trapped, brought to a veterinary clinic and spayed or neutered, vaccinated for rabies where appropriate and ear-tipped (pictured below). After they've recovered from their surgeries, the cats are returned back to their original territory. Young kittens can be removed, socialized and placed for adoption.
Why is this important?
When the cats can no longer reproduce it gives the colony an opportunity to decline in size over time. Nuisance behavior such as fighting, yowling, other mating noises, and foul odors of males spraying to mark their territory stops almost entirely once the cats are fixed. Once the cats are no longer driven to roam to find a mate, they become less visible. The cats themselves are healthier and less likely to spread feline diseases, including personal pets. Meanwhile, they continually provide rodent control with their presence.
How can I help?
REPORT cat colonies and request assistance by filling out the form below.
DONATIONS are the only way we can fund these procedures. Remember, it is easier to TNR 1 cat than 10 cats. It is also easier to TNR 10 cats than 50 cats.
You can also donate resources, either in person or through our Amazon wish list. Visit our donations tab for links and more information.
We do not relocate cats unless their lives are in immediate danger. Relocation is very ineffective, as science has proven it creates a "vacuum effect", which means that once the cats are removed, new cats arrive because the territory is now open. The new cats will generally be unaltered and start the cycle of breeding and overpopulating the area once again. Relocation is also very stressful for cats that have become accustomed to their environment and if they try to go back it can become very dangerous.