Trap-Neuter-Return Program for Feral and Community Cats
What is TNR?
TNR stands for trap-neuter-return. TNR is a program in which feral, outdoor cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, ear-tipped, tattooed, and returned to the location where they were found. Then, community cat caregivers help provide these feral colonies with food, water, and shelter. Learn how to trap a cat with the Trap King.
What are feral cats?
A feral cat is a domestic cat that has developed a natural fear of humans. Most feral cats are the result of abandonment and failure to spay/neuter. These cats are acclimated to their outdoor lifestyle and would not adjust well to an indoor home. Along with other unowned, free-roaming cats, these are collectively known as community cats.
TNR for Community Cats
Each cat will be altered, receive a 1-year Rabies vaccine and the core feline vaccines (herpes, calicivirus, and panleukopenia), receive pain medication, and be tattooed and ear tipped. A tipped ear in a cat is the universal sign that it has been sterilized previously.
The cat is required to be in a humane trap with a sheet covering the trap at the time of the appointment. A humane trap is metal with spring-loaded doors, as pictured below.
We require individuals to go through one of our TNR partners that we provide TNR surgeries to. Please view our TNR resource list for more assistance.
Looking for a spay or neuter surgery for your own cat?
If you are looking for spay or neuter services for your own cat, please schedule an appointment at this link.