Feral Cat / Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Resources
What is TNR?
Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the practice of trapping feral cats (cats that are acclimated to the outdoors, unused to human contact, and not suited to be pets), taking them to a veterinarian or clinic for spaying/neutering, and returning them to their original location.
TNR is a humane way to control a feral cat population; the cats can live out their days in familiar surroundings, yet they will not reproduce. While being spayed/neutered, cats can be vaccinated against rabies and other disease, and given additional medical care as needed.
TNR projects large and small require planning and preparation. In addition to securing humane traps (traps designed not to harm the animal) and other supplies, you will need to arrange veterinary care for the trapped cats beforehand, as well as a location for cats to recuperate after their surgery. You also must ensure that the location where you will be returning the cats is safe, and that you are complying with local laws and regulations. Use the FixFinder database to locate TNR organizations and TNR-friendly, low-cost spay/neuter services in your area.
The following resources will aid you in planning a TNR project -- whether you are planning to trap a single cat or an entire feral cat colony.
FixFinder Database (search for TNR and low-cost spay/neuter resources in your area)
Forgotten Cats (feral trapping services and support in the SE Pennsylvania, South Jersey and Delaware areas)
TNR Action Kit - Best Friends Animal Society (resources for working with local governments and influencing public policy)
National Animal Care and Control Association (TNR training classes)
Specific How-To Guides
TNR: A Step-by-Step Guide
Although this video shows a large TNR project, the basic principles can be applied anywhere.
How to Set a Feral Cat Trap (Havahart "snap" style)
How to Set and Use a Feral Cat Trap (Tru Catch style)
How to Use a Drop Trap
Caring for a Feral Cat Colony After TNR
How to build shelters, arrange feedings, etc.
Updated January 30, 2022
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