Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the humane way to manage feral and free roaming cats, or community cats, preventing the breeding that leads to even more feral cats.
With TNR, community cats are caught with humane box traps, spayed/neutered and vaccinated, and then returned where they were found to live out their lives under the eye of a watchful human caretaker who provides food, water and shelter as necessary. Cats that have been “TNRed” have their left ear tipped, meaning that the tip of one ear is clipped while the cat is under anesthesia. A tipped ear identifies a cat as part of a managed TNR program.
Spaying and neutering colonies not only prevents more kittens from being born, but also reduces the nuisance behaviors often associated with feral colonies—spraying/marking by males, fighting, noisy mating encounters, etc.
SAFE Haven spays/neuters feral cats for $85. Whether you are an experienced feral cat caretaker, or need assistance getting started, we can help. We offer advice and assistance in managing a community cat colony – just give us a call or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you want more information about community/feral cats and/or TNR in Wake County? Please visit www.TNRWake.org.