What is TNR & How Does It Work?
Trap-Neuter-Release[ TNR ], is the most humane approach to dealing with feral community cat populations. 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 is very humane, incredibly effective, and there are tons of resources available for those who wish to help!
How does it work?
With TNR, traps are set in an area where a cat or community has been known to frequent. High-value food items, such as wet cat food, fish, treats, and the like are placed inside of the cage. When the cat enters, they trip a pressure sensor and the opening of the cage falls down, trapping them effectively.
While this certainly freaks kitty out a bit, it doesn’t harm them, and the cats are then scooped up by community members or volunteers to be taken to a vet. The vet spays and/or neuters the trapped cats, and then they are returned to where they were captured. The cats are released back into their territory, no worse for wear, and the feral population is controlled by preventing an explosion of pregnancies.
Every year, more and more shelters, rescues and communities are relying on TNR to control the feral cat population. Instead of trapping and euthanizing, TNR has become the front line of defense for preserving not only lives, but the quality of life for both stray cats and the human communities they reside in. If you would like to get involved, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org