What is TNR?

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the process of humanely trapping,
spaying/neutering, and vaccinating feral cats and returning the cats
to the same location they were trapped. The population will stabilize
over time as no more kittens are born. Neutered males are also less
likely to spray and fight.

Colony caretakers continue to trap and spay/neuter any “new” cats
while providing food and possibly shelter.

TNR is the only effective, humane, and long-term solution
in controlling feral cat populations.

If you need to borrow a trap, please complete the trap loan request form.
Trap Loan Request
What You Can Do To Help Feral Cats in Your Area

“Catch and Kill” Does Not Work – Neither Does Complacency

Removal attempts may temporarily reduce the number of feral cats in a given area; however, two things happen: first, the unsterilized survivors continue to breed and, second, other cats move into the now available territory (known as the “vacuum effect”).

Stopping feeding will not make the cats go away. Cats bond to their territory and can survive on garbage, if necessary. Stopping feeding will only make the cats suffer as they search for new sources of food.

In communities not practicing TNR, several decades of “catch and kill” has done nothing to reduce the feral cat population – there are more cats than ever. TNR is the only program that works to combat and end feral cat overpopulation.

What You Can Do To Help Feral Cats in Your Area

TNR Works

TNR is the only successful long-term strategy for humanely controlling the population of feral or free roaming cats. A sterilized colony of feral cats will stabilize, and eventually decline in numbers through illness, accidents, and old age. A sterilized colony often acts to keep new, unsterilized cats away from their colony.

Studies have shown that TNR is the single most successful method of stabilizing and maintaining healthy feral cat colonies with the least possible cost to local government and residents, while providing the best life for the feral cats.

TNR also helps reduce the number of cats euthanized at shelters. When fewer kittens are born to feral and stray cats, few cats and kittens enter shelters – which means fewer are killed because of lack of homes.

What You Can Do To Help Feral Cats in Your Area
  • Please don’t turn a blind eye to the situation
  • Be responsible – spay/neuter your own pets
  • Work with neighbors / local businesses to regularly put food out for feral cats.  It is best to put it out at a consistent time each day, preferably in daylight hours so as to not attract local wildlife (raccoons, possums, etc.).  We can teach you how to manage a feral colony.
  • Assist in trapping feral cats for sterilization and/or transporting to a vet or spay/neuter clinic. We have traps available for loan and our volunteers can demonstrate how the traps work. We can assist trapping those hard to catch cats.
  • Become an Alley Cats and Angels volunteer
  • Donate to our Alter an Alley Cat Fund which subsidizes spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations for feral cats and cats owned by people on fixed/low incomes. Together, we can help end feral cat overpopulation.  Alley Cats and Angels is a 501c3 non-profit organization.  All donations are tax deductible.