Trap-neuter-return, commonly called “TNR,” is the only effective and humane method of controlling outdoor cat populations.
If you have feral or other free roaming cats in your neighborhood, trailer park, work place, or home, FAWG can help you TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) your cats. If you cannot keep all the cats, we can relocate them as barn cats! Contact FAWG at 775-217-6832 for help stabilizing your cat colony.
What are Feral Cats?
Feral cats are cats that are not socialized to people and therefore are not adoptable.
Are all homeless cats feral?
No. Outdoor cats that are social and come up to people are strays, most often formerly lived with people and are now on their own. People often use the terms “free roaming cats” or “Community Cats” to refer to all homeless cats, both feral and friendly.
Feral cats make great ranch and barn cats and are an all natural form of rodent control!
Feral kittens can often be adopted into homes, but they must be socialized at an early age. If you have found a feral kitten and have socialized it, the best thing you can do is get your kitten vaccinated, and spayed or neutered, to avoid all the problems that come with a constant supply of intact male cats spraying all over your property, and/or a constant supply of kittens.
Why can’t I just call Animal Control to come and get the feral cats?
Why “Catch and Kill” doesn’t work:
Animal control’s traditional approach for feral cats— catching and killing—does not work. Cats choose to reside in locations for two reasons: there is a food source (intended or not) and shelter. When cats are removed from a location, new cats move in or survivors breed to capacity.
Trap-Neuter-Return does work.
Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) benefits the cats and the community. Cats are trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and eartipped (the universal symbol of a neutered and vaccinated cat), and then returned to their outdoor home. The colony’s population stabilizes—no more kittens!
When it is impossible to return cats to their original colony, feral cats can be successfully relocated to start new lives as barn and ranch cats.
Trap-Neuter-Return improves cats’ lives and improves their relations with the community—the behaviors and stresses associated with mating stop. Trap-Neuter-Return is the humane, effective approach for feral cats.
If you have cats you need TNR’d, call us at 775 217-6832.
This information on feral cats and TNR was taken in large part from
Alley Cat Allies, a great organization with a wealth of information on TNR. Visit their website at www.alleycat.org