TNR (trap-neuter-return) is the only humane, proven solution to controlling feral cat populations. The basics of a TNR (trap-neuter-return) program:
TRAP: Feral and stray cats are humanely trapped.
NEUTER: the basic veterinary package includes:
- Spay/Neuter Surgery
- Rabies Vaccination
Additional veterinarian services provided include; distemper vaccination, clean all wounds, clean ears, parasite control for fleas, earmites, worms including tape, round, hook
RETURN: After recovery from surgery, all cats are returned to the place where they were trapped so that their caretakers can continue to provide food, water, and, if feasible, shelter
The Benefits of a Successful TNR Program:
- No more unwanted litters of kittens, no more sick, suffering kittens
- Fewer outside cats through natural attrition
- No more nuisance behaviors related to breeding, such as howling, fighting, and urine marking
- Cats living healthier, safer lives
- Lowered risk of parasites such as fleas and worms infecting household pets
- Lowered risk of euthanization by a shelter or animal control facility for ear-tipped, microchipped cats
Services Provided During a Triple R Pets TNR Program:
- An initial on-site assessment and education about TNR and using the traps.
- Educational Workshops on TNR, trapping, and providing shelter.
- The loan of traps and trap dividers.
- Assistance with trapping and additional transport when the resident is not physically capable.
- Assistance with temporary shelter for the cats before and after surgery.
- Assistance with transportation of the cats to and from the low-cost spay/neuter clinic
- Negotiated low-cost veterinarian care with cooperating clinics.
- Scheduling for the cats at the cooperating clinic.
Information for Potential and Current Caretakers:
Download our comprehensive guide that we created especially for feral cat colony caretakers. In this packet you will find the following documents: “Caretaker Agreement,” “Cook Country Feral Cat Ordinance,” “Planning a Spay Day,” “Low Cost Clinics,” “Trapping Ferals 101,” “Transporting Ferals” and “Building a Shelter.” To download individual documents, please visit our Forms and Downloads page.
If you know of stray or feral cat colony that needs help, please fill out our Request for TNR Assistance form. If you would like to volunteer to help the cats, please complete the volunteer application.