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:
Our TNR surgery program has been temporarily halted and will resume in Fall/Winter 2022.
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.