Trap Neuter Return (TNR)

Trap Neuter Return (TNR)

As CSHS focuses on improved ways to Serve Where We Save, we will be partnering with Leech Lake Legacy in 2018 to provide TNR services to the cats of Leech Lake Reservation.

What is TNR? 

Trap-Neuter-Return is successfully practiced in hundreds of communities and in every landscape and setting. It is exactly what it sounds like: Cats are humanely trapped and taken to a veterinarian to be neutered and vaccinated. After recovery, the cats are returned to their home—their colony—outdoors. Kittens and cats who are friendly and socialized to people may be adopted into homes.

While some residents and community members may prefer to have community cats captured and relocated, studies have proven that this method actually leads to more unvaccinated and unaltered cats moving in to the area. Scientific evidence indicates that removing feral cat populations only opens up the habitat to an influx of new cats, either from neighboring territories or born from survivors. Each time cats are removed, the population will rebound through a natural phenomenon known as the “vacuum effect.”

How can I find more info? 

We have drawn heavily from Ally Cat Allies in designing our program, as their methods are scientifically proven, humane, and recognized best practice in the animal welfare community.

If you are looking for additional resources and education about managing your colony, we encourage you to visit the Care for Cats page at Ally Cat Allies.