TRAP/NEUTER/RETURN

Community Cats Need Our Community's Help

Outdoor, free-roaming community cats can be lost or abandoned pets that are friendly or cats born outside that are not socialized to humans (sometimes referred to as "feral" cats). Because they do not have owners, they need our community's help.

Together, we can get these cats sterilized and vaccinated to prevent their population from growing larger, to improve the quality of their lives, and to reduce or eliminate nuisance behaviors such as spraying, yowling and excessive noisemaking, and fighting.

We provide spay/neuter surgery and vaccinations to community cats for FREE. We need your help in trapping these cats, bringing them to the clinic for surgery and vaccines, and releasing them back to their outdoor homes. We loan out humane traps to catch them in for a $50 cash deposit you get back when you return the trap.

Catching and killing the cats does not work – when cats are removed from an area, survivors breed to capacity or new cats move in. This is known as the “vacuum effect" and has been well-documented. Download Fact Sheet



*Vacuum Effect Fact Sheet provided by Alley Cat Allies

What is TNR?

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the most humane and effective method available to stop the overpopulation of community cats and to stop kittens from being born outside just to die a terrible death from disease, exposure or parasites.

HOW IT WORKS:


WINTER COMMUNITY CAT SURGERY PROTOCOL

Please do not trap outdoor cats if it is 40 degrees or below.

For their safety, we do not accept outdoor cats in traps for surgery if it is 40 degrees or below on the day you trap OR if it is forecasted to be 40 degrees or below during the week after trapping (the surgery recovery period).

The only exception is if you have a safe, heated environment in which the cat can recover for 7 days after surgery, where it will have access to food and water (i.e., a temperature-controlled garage, barn, basement, etc.).

We take the safety of all pets we see very seriously. If cats with shaved bellies recovering from surgery are put back outside in frigid temperatures, they can die of hypothermia or other complications.

Thank you for helping community cats!