Trap-Neuter-Return

Feral Cats

Sep 28, 2019
kisluvkis [Flickr]

Using a humane trap, a cat is caught and delivered to a veterinarian for spay or neuter surgery.  Females have their left ear surgically "tipped" to show they are already spayed. T-N-R has been shown to be a humane way to dramatically reduce the number of feral cat problems experienced in a community.

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Spay Day

Feb 23, 2019
Mindy Norton

Gypsy is a T-N-R cat.  She was trapped as an community cat, spayed and released.  You can see that her left ear has been "tipped" - the tip was surgically removed when she was spayed so that anyone finding her would know the surgery had already been done.  It turned out that she was not a feral cat but a stray that (we believe) had at one time had a home and an owner.  She has learned to trust humans and enjoys the company!

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kisluvkis [Flickr]

Cats that have been neutered or spayed as part of a TNR program will have one ear "tipped".  The veterinarian will trim the tip of an ear so that if the cat is picked up in the future it can easily be identified as a one that has already had the surgery.

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Targeted T-N-R Works!

Sep 27, 2014
Nakae [Flickr]

Targeted Trap-Neuter-Return helps reduce and stabilize the feral cat population.

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Feral Cats and TNR

Jun 7, 2014
kisluvkis (Julie German) [Flickr]

Feral cats that have been neutered or spayed also have their left ear "tipped" surgically to indicate the cat is part of a colony and has already been trapped and altered.

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T-N-R

Jul 27, 2013
Don DeBold (donjd2 - Flickr)

Usually the spay-neuter message is aimed at people who need to have their pets surgically altered.  But often the cats that we see clearly do not have owners.  Volunteers and organizations are using an approach that solves several issues at the same time.

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