Trap-Neuter-Return for Feral Cats
Trap-Neuter-Return is the humane, effective approach for feral cats. Feral cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and ear-tipped (the universal symbol of a neutered and vaccinated cat), and then returned to their outdoor home. Socialized cats and kittens are adopted into homes. The colony’s population stabilizes—no more kittens! Trap-Neuter-Return improves cats' lives and their relations with the community because the behaviors and stresses associated with mating stop.
Why can't the cats be removed? Cats have been living outside near people for 10,000 years. Cats choose to reside in locations with access to food and shelter. When cats are removed from a location, more cats move in, more breeding occurs, and the cycle of fighting, population explosion, and shortened lives continues. It is far more humane to return cats to their original homes, vaccinated to prevent major disease outbreaks, and spayed or neutered to prevent more kittens.
For assistance with strays or ferals in your neighborhood, please write firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on TNR, please go to: https://www.alleycat.org/about/frequently-asked-questions-faq/ .
Feral cat with a tell-tale ear-tip:
Trapped cats on their way to a spay-neuter clinic; the feral cats will be returned to their outdoor communities, while the tame ones will eventually be adopted: