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. Ideally, this should be a permanent "cat colony" that is monitored and managed by humans experienced in caring for feral cats.
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.
TNR Action Kit - Best Friends Animal Society (resources for working with local governments and influencing public policy)
National Animal Care and Control Association (online TNR training classes)
Animal Protection League of New Jersey (list of low-cost spay/neuter services for TNR projects in NJ)
Organizations that Can Assist with TNR Projects*
FixFinder Database (search for TNR and low-cost spay/neuter resources in your area)
Village Trappers (feral/TNR services and support in South Jersey)
Forgotten Cats (feral trapping services and support in the SE Pennsylvania, South Jersey and Delaware areas)
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 Use a Drop Trap
NOTE: Because they can be dangerous to cats, drop traps should only be used by or under the guidance of experienced trappers.
Caring for a Feral Cat Colony After TNR
How to build shelters, arrange feedings, etc.
How to Safely Transfer a Cat from a Trap to a Carrier
Updated July 29, 2023
* TNR/trapping assistance is subject to the organizations' availability, resources and policies.
** Available for individuals only; not available to shelters or rescue groups.
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