What is Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR)?
TNR consists of humanely trapping feral cats, having them spayed or neutered, vaccinated and ear-tipped. The tipped ear is the universal sign of a “fixed” feral cat. Following recovery from surgery, the cats are returned to their colony to live out their lives. CARMA cats are not “released into the wild.” Instead they are returned to a monitored site where food, water, and shelter have been ensured through a signed agreement with the colony caregivers.
How does TNR help feral cats?
Through TNR, feral cats can live out their lives without adding to the homeless cat population.
How Does TNR Benefit the Community?
TNR helps the community by stabilizing the population of feral colonies and over time, reducing it, as no more kittens are born. At the same time, nuisance behaviors such as spraying, yowling, roaming and fighting are also reduced. Yet the benefit of natural rodent control is continued.
TNR does work. It is universally recognized as the least costly, most humane and most effective approach to solving feral cat population issues.