We encourage and support efforts to reduce the number of free-roaming, community cats. Since the veterinary center began providing sterilizations for feral cats, over 30,000 surgeries have been performed. We have extensive experience in safely handling, housing, and sterilizing feral cats.
TNR is a method in which cats are humanely trapped, evaluated, vaccinated, sterilized, eartipped, and returned to their outdoor home. A left ear tip is the universal symbol of a spayed/neutered and vaccinated cat. It is done while the cat is under anesthesia and it is not painful for the cat.
The traditional approach of removing cats “catch and kill” does not keep the area free of cats. In the past, with this method of managing cat colonies, the cats were trapped and removed from their established colony and euthanized. While this method caused an instant decrease in the overall colony numbers, it has not been an effective long term solution.
TNR has proven to be the only long-term, effective solution to humanely control cat populations. When all cats are spayed and neutered, the population size of the colony will gradually decrease as offspring are no longer produced. The cats are also usually healthier and coexist more peacefully since the behaviors associated with unaltered cats such as yowling, marking territory with urine, and fighting amounts the cats will decrease if not disappear.
TNR is endorsed by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the American Humane Association as well as many other progressive animal welfare organizations.