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What is TNR?
Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) is a catch, spay and release program for feral community cats. The cats are humanely trapped (with box traps), brought to a veterinarian to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, eartipped (the universal sign that a community cat has been neutered and vaccinated), and then returned to their outdoor home.
What are the Benefits of Trap-Neuter-Release?
TNR improves the lives of cats, addresses community concerns, reduces complaints about cats, and stops the breeding cycle. TNR improves the co- existence between outdoor cats and humans in our shared environment.
Trap-Neuter-Release quickly stabilizes feral cat populations by instantly ending reproduction and by removing socialized cats from the colony.
Trap-Neuter-Release Protects Cats’ Lives
The number one documented cause of death for cats in America is euthanasia in shelters. Nearly 100% of feral cats, who cannot be adopted, are killed. For decades, animal control policy has wasted millions of dollars catching and killing outdoor cats, but populations of cats are still there, just as they always have been. Clearly, this cruel and costly system has failed.
Trap-Neuter-Release is an essential and valuable component of shelter reform to save cats’ lives. When used as a part of overall shelter reform with policies, communities with TNR programs report a decline in shelter intake.
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