What Is Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)?
Trap-Neuter-Return, sometimes called Trap-Neuter-Return-Vaccinate (TNRV) is a non-lethal way to lower the stray and feral cat population. The process involves trapping, spay/neutering, and vaccinating the cat. While the cat is under anesthesia, the tip of its ear is removed or notched. This is called “tipping” and is a way to identify a wild cat that has already been altered. Once sterilization is complete, the cat is allowed to recover from anesthesia and then returned to the location it was trapped and released.
How do cats become feral?
Some are abandoned by their owner and have been living in the wild on their own for so long, that they become wild as part of their survival skills. Other cats are born in the wild as the result of pets not being spay/neutered.
An educational video created by The Humane Society of the United States
What Are The Benefits Of Trap-Neuter-Return?
- The cats are not killed.
- The cat population is reduced, because the cats are sterilized and can no longer procreate.
- The cats receive rabies vaccination and because they are spay/neutered lead healthier lives.
- Feral cats are working cats. They hunt, keeping the rodent population in check. You’ll find many communities have Barn Cat programs, where cats help farmers maintain their barn and land.