Trap-Neuter-Return, or TNR, is a new program for Carver Scott Humane Society in 2016. As CSHS focuses on improved ways to serve our community, the TNR team will provide services, education and resources for managing community cat colonies.
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.”
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 a colony caregiver and need assistance managing the colony through spay/neuter, food, and shelter support, you can fill out a Colony Caregiver Application (PROGRAM CLOSED UNTIL SPRING 2017). Each application is subject to a review process, and our TNR Manager will be in contact within 24 hours.
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.