Trap, Neuter & Return
The Trap-Neuter-Return (T/N/R) effort is the most humane and nationally accepted way to handle feral cat colonies. With T/N/R, cats are trapped, altered, vaccinated, ear-tipped and returned to the area from which they came. Once neutered, unwanted yowling, spraying, cat fights and aggressive behavior toward neighborhood 'social' cats is reduced significantly. Undesirable behavior is averted, and no more kittens will be born. As the method is implemented, the feral cat numbers will gradually decline.
Kittens and tame (stray) cats are adopted into good homes. The spayed feral cats continue to keep rodent populations under control. Volunteer caregivers provide a managed food source and monitor the colony to aid sick or injured cats.
By significantly reducing the number of feral kittens born, the competition for adoption with other cats - in already overcrowded animal shelters and overburdened rescue groups - is addressed at the most basic level.
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Fewer animals are in need of good homes
Fewer animals are euthanized
Fewer animals require care and management
Fewer animals suffer