Trap, Neuter and Release (TNR) is the Solution!

A pair of breeding cats, which can have two or more litters per year, can exponentially produce 420,000 offspring over a seven-year period. The overpopulation problem carries a hefty price tag: statewide, millions of dollars (largely from taxes) are spent by animal control agencies and shelters for cat-related expenses.

In response to this staggering problem, many local coalitions and organizations have been formed to spay and neuter feral cats.  They may even assist with the trapping and returning of such strays to their caretakers. This service is provided by volunteers with one goal in mind: reducing the enormous number of homeless, unwanted cats.

Studies have proven that trap-neuter-release 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.

Spaying/neutering homeless cats:

– Stabilizes the population at manageable levels

– Eliminates annoying behaviors associated with mating

– Is humane to the animals and fosters compassion in the neighborhoods

– Is more effective and less costly than repeated attempts of extermination

Costs for repeatedly trapping and killing feral colonies are far higher than promoting stable, non-breeding colonies in the same location.Vacated areas are soon filled by other cats thatstart the breeding process all over again

How can you be a part of the solution?

  • Spay or neuter your own pet! Sterilizing animals is an important step in maintaining their good health.
  • Make a reservation then bring stray, un-owned cats to many of the available clinics! Humane traps (with instructions) are available to borrow. (See our Low Cost Spay Neuter section for more information.)
  • Become a volunteer and encourage your personal veterinarian to become involved!
  • If someone you know is caring for stray, un-owned cats let them know about low cost and even no-cost services that are available.

Education is the key, so make others aware of the feral cat problem and tell them how they can help!