TNR Frequently Asked Questions

What is a “community cat”?  What is a feral cat?

A community cat is any cat, friendly or feral, that does not seem to have one specific owner. A community cat may be fed by one person or multiple people in the community. A feral cat is a cat that has little interest in interacting with humans. Feral cats are not friendly and will often run away when approached.

I need a colony of cats relocated. Can you help?

Kitty Bungalow does not relocate community cats. Removing established cats only leaves a vacuum for other cats to move in. Additionally, removing cats to a new location leaves them more susceptible to dangers and starvation as they do not easily learn to navigate their new environment. The best thing you can do is to TNR the cats as this will stabilize the colony, eliminate the behaviors associated with reproduction such as marking, fighting and yowling and they will continue to provide natural rodent control for the area.

I live outside of South LA.  Can you help me?

Yes! We provided limited services to those outside of South LA (like trap lending & surgery spots.) We target our staff & volunteer efforts in South LA and can assist you in traping if you live within our boundaries.

I don’t have time to trap. Will you come out and do it for me?

Due to our limited resources and increased demand for assistance, we only help the neediest residents of South LA (older and disabled individuals) or those who have a large colony of cats. If you are able bodied and have fewer than 10 adult cats that need trapping, we are unable to go out and trap for you. We highly rely on the community to take active measures in TNRing the cats in their community. We encourage you, however, to take advantage of our free trap lending & education program. We can provide services for you, but you will have to trap the cats yourself. Don't worry! Trapping is easy and we'll show you how! If transportation is an issue, consider asking a friend/neighbor to help you transport!

I have a pregnant cat. Can I still TNR?

We feel that every new kitten born takes away a home from a kitten that is already here. Our policy is to spay the female cat which will result in the termination of the pregnancy. We understand that this is a controversial issue. However, thousands of unwanted kittens end up euthanized in shelters. We must all do our part to reduce the number of kittens born on the streets and sometimes that means making difficult decisions.

I don’t want the cats brought back after they are fixed. Why can’t you keep them?

Kitty Bungalow does not relocate cats. If we help to trap or facilitate spay/neuter appointments, it is with the understanding that the cats will be returned. Community cats belong to the community. We don’t see cats as a nuisance or an invasive species. When properly looked after, fed and fixed, a colony of cats will help keep other cats from moving in and will keep a community free of pesky rats and mice!

What is TNR?

TNR stands for Trap, Neuter, Return. It is a process in which a community cat is trapped, taken to be spayed/neutered, then released back to the location where it was trapped. Some also call it TNVR, which stands for Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate, Return. Or TNRM, which stands for Trap, Neuter, Return, Monitor. TNR is the only humane way to reduce the number of cats and kittens on the street. For more information on how groups are working to promote TNR, please click HERE.

There are kittens in my colony.  Will you take them?

Kitty Bungalow cannot guarantee intake of kittens. We prioritize intake of kittens from trappings we do with the most needy of South LA’s residents. If you have kittens that need assistance, please consider fostering them yourself, taking them to the shelter (where a network of over 100 rescues are poised to take them) or visiting the Best Friends website or Kitten Lady's youtube videos to learn how to care for kittens yourself. Please TNR the adult cat so that there are no more litters.