Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the most humane method to stop outdoor cats from continuing to reproduce by humanely trapping cats, spaying/neutering, vaccinating, and returning them to their home territories. A left ear-tip (see photo) is the universal sign that an outdoor cat has been sterilized and vaccinated.
Numerous studies have shown that TNR programs are the most reliable and cost effective method of stabilizing and reducing cat populations. Cats that are spayed and neutered enjoy a safer and more comfortable existence, free of the mating behaviors that annoy neighbors and threaten their lives (roaming, fighting, spraying, yowling, and giving birth over and over again). Sterilized colonies will keep new cats from moving in and eventually the colony size will reduce naturally. To learn more about why removal doesn’t work, please visit Alley Cat Allies.
Studies estimate that as many as 82% of all kittens born in the United States originate from a community cat. TNR is one of the most powerful ways to prevent pet overpopulation.
Free roaming cats have learned to thrive in the environment in which they live. Relocating them to a new home is a very dangerous process and can lead to the death of the cat. Returning them to their original environment is almost always in the best interest of the cat. If you have any questions about relocation, please call 615-928-6353.