Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) benefits the cats and the community. Cats are spayed or neutered, eartipped (the universal symbol of an altered feral cat), and then returned to their outdoor home. The colony's population stabilizes--no more kittens! TNR improves their lives and the relations with their neighborhood--the behaviors and stresses associated with mating stop. TNR is the humane, effective approach for feral cats. When TNR is employed effectively, all the feral cats in a neighborhood are trapped, sterilized, and returned to the area where they were trapped. They are returned under the care of a Colony Manager. The Colony Manager is a trained volunteer in the neighborhood willing to feed, water, and care for the colony and watch for any new cats. Once the colony cats are all neutered, new cats tend to be recently abandoned domestics that can be captured and placed for adoption.
- The population will be controlled with no new litters
- Annoying behaviors of mating like howling, fighting, and marking territory will stop or decrease dramatically
- It's the right thing to do