T. N. R.
Life Saving Work
Trap. Neuter. Return.
TNR is the method of humanely trapping feral cats, having them spayed or neutered, vaccinated for rabies, eartipped for easy identification, and then returning them to their colony to live out their lives. TNR also involves a colony caretaker who provides food, adequate shelter, and monitors the cats' health. TNR is currently the least costly, most efficient, and most humane way to stabilize feral cat populations.
Solving the problem.
Through TNR, feral cats can live out their lives without adding to the homeless cat population. Furthermore, by stabilizing the population, cats will naturally have more space, shelter and food, and fewer risks of disease. At the same time, nuisance behaviors such as spraying, loud noise and fighting are largely eliminated and no more kittens are born. Yet, the benefit of natural rodent control is continued.
TNR also reduces the number of kittens that would end up in the shelter, lowers shelter kill rates, and creates more space for the cats and kittens who come to shelters from other avenues. If feral cats are sterilized and live in a colony that has a caretaker, their life span may reach more than ten years.
A proven method to reduce cat overpopulation.
Studies have proven that trap-neuter-return is the single most successful method of stabilizing and maintaining healthy feral cat colonies with the least possible cost to local governments and residents, while providing the best life for the animals themselves. And as this cat overpopulation problem was created by humans, don't we owe it to the felines to solve it in the most humane way?