Trap-neuter-return is the humane option for free-roaming, barn, community, or feral cats. These are cats who have learned to survive on their own and don't have a human guardian. With the TNR process, we trap the cat and take him or her to a veterinary clinic. There the cat is vaccinated, spayed/neutered, ear-tipped (a sign to the other animal advocates that the cat is part of a managed colony) and allowed to recover. After recovery, the cat is returned to his/her home territory where he/she lives out his/her life under the watchful eye of a colony caretaker. A colony caretaker ensures the unowned cats have food, water, and shelter. The caretaker also keeps on eye on the colony to see that any individual who becomes sick or injured is re-trapped and taken for a veterinary evaluation.
For information about local unowned cats who need TNR'ed or to volunteer send a message below.
For more information about TNR, check out Alley Cat Allies.