WHAT IS TNR?
TRAP, NEUTER, RETURN
Interested in helping stray and feral cats in your neighborhood but don't know how to go about doing so? That's where TNR comes into play, Trap, Neuter and Return is the most humane method to assist these animals and have them live in the community in a way that benefits them as well as the area they reside in. Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), the humane approach to addressing community cat populations, works. It saves cats’ lives and is effective. TNR improves the lives of cats, addresses community concerns, reduces complaints about cats, and stops the breeding cycle). TNR improves the co-existence between outdoor cats and humans in our shared environment. This is why so many cities are adopting it.
What does TNR entail?
TNR requires minimal time and effort but the first step is becoming TNR certified, what that means is you have to attend a workshop either online or locally for a few hours to learn how to safely trap and assist with the spay/neutering process. These programs are setup that residents can help these animals on their own without the help of rescues that are already helping many other animals. Sometimes we have volunteers to come out to help the first time to show you basics, overall these programs are made that residents take it upon themselves to make a difference. In addition these programs that are setup for low cost and free spay neuter services are only available when residents take the class.
Now what happens next with these cats, why cant someone just come out and take them all away??
There is no place that can house all the animals that are unfortunately living on the streets, in addition many of these cats are feral and not use to interaction with humans so they cannot find homes easily when taken to animal control they are put to sleep when they also deserve a right to live. The cycle of animals being born on the street continues and if left without being spay/neutered many more animals are born on the streets that will become a nuisance to neighborhoods. Problematic behavior such as male cats spraying and fighting are eliminated by TNR. The most humane effective reduction of these animals is TNR.
**Our rescue does help with placement of small kittens or friendly strays that are found providing the resident is willing to foster the animal until placed. We are not a relocating organization. We will assist you but under no circumstance will we relocate any trapped cats. They will be brought back to original trapping location. That's what TNR is all about.
For more information on taking the TNR class where they are given and on the whole process of TNR please visit this site www.NYCFeralcat.org
A female cat may have three to seven kittens every four months. This is why population control using neutering and spaying is so important.
The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity that works with more than 150 partner rescue groups and shelters to offer important programs and services that save the lives of NYC's homeless animals. We are supported entirely by donations from foundations, corporations, and individuals and receive no government funding. Since our founding in 2003, we have remained committed to transforming New York City into a community where no dogs or cats of reasonable health and temperament will be killed merely because they do not have homes.
The Toby Project - The Toby Project operates mobile spay/neuter vans and stationary "in-neighborhood" clinics to provide free and low-cost spay and neuter services to those communities that supply or surrender the most animals to municipal shelters. In addition to offering free and low-cost spay and neuter, we provide community outreach and education to encourage local residents to take advantage of these services.We work in cooperation with The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Veterinary Health Services and receive some funding through their Animal Population Control Program.
In a cooperative effort with Ferals In Peril we operate a free, stationary feral-cat spay/neuter clinic for TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) groups, thereby stemming the growth of these colonies and lessening their tremendous impact on shelter overpopulation.TNR is a method of humanely trapping unaltered feral cats, spaying or neutering them, and returning them back to the same location where they were living. It is the only effective, humane option for reducing feral cat populations. TNR stops the births of new cats in the colony and allows the colony members to live out their lives within their own group. The reduction in the number of these homeless cats moderates the incidence of starvation and disease among them and eases community concerns and neighborhood tensions brought on by large colonies.If you are experienced in TNR and would like to partner with us, please contact one of our feral coordinators:
Throughout the United States, millions of feral and stray cats roam our streets and countrysides. From the gritty urban landscape of New York City to the tropical islands of Hawaii, they struggle to survive when left on their own. Neighborhood Cats is changing this by practicing and promoting Trap-Neuter-Return. In New York City and Jersey City, NJ, and on the Island of Maui, Hawaii, we work directly with the cats and their caretakers, trapping, rescuing kittens and helping others perform TNR. We take what we learn in the field and use it to educate other communities on how to do the same. Our combination of working hands-on locally and leading the way on TNR education nationally is what makes Neighborhood Cats such a unique and effective organization.
For so many animals, it was the beginning of a miracle. It was the 1980s. Shelters across America routinely killed cats and dogs as the primary method of handling unwanted pets. Around 17 million animals perished every year. Older, sick and problem animals were the first to go. Then, a group of friends began taking some of those "unadoptables" to a safe haven to heal. With proper care and patience, the vast majority of these animals found loving forever families. The remaining animals spent the rest of their days romping in the new sanctuary. That group of friends who cared so deeply about animals grew and flourished and became Best Friends Animal Society, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and animal welfare society.