How Trap Neuter Release Helps Local Cat Populations
Trap neuter release is practiced successfully in hundreds of communities and in every setting. These cats are humanely trapped and taken to a veterinarian to be spayed or neutered and vaccinated for rabies. The cat’s ear is also “tipped” to show that this particular cat has already undergone treatment. After their recovery, the cats are then returned to their home, the outdoor colony. (Kittens or cats who are socialized and friendly with humans may be adopted into homes.)
By stabilizing the cat population, the cats will naturally have more space, shelter and food, as well as fewer risks of disease. After they are spayed or neutered, cats living in outdoor colonies tend to gain weight and live healthier lives. Intact males have a natural instinct to fight with other cats. Spaying also means that female cats do not go into heat. That means they attract fewer tom cats to the area, which reduces fighting.
Trap neuter release helps local cat populations by stopping the breeding cycle of cats. It improves the lives of the cats while preventing reproduction. TNR provides a life-saving and effective solution for feral cat colonies.
If your city, village or neighborhood has a large cat colony population, contact SCHS for more details about how a TNR program can be implemented in your community.