TNR - Trap Neuter Release

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It is kitten season again!  Every shelter in the United States, every rescue organization is overwhelmed with daily intakes of mother cats with their litters, orphaned kittens and juvenile cats.  This is a national problem of major proportion.
Animals Abused & Abandoned has been approached by several organizations this year to help with the only humane solution to the problem that is practiced today - TNR (Trap Neuter Release). 
Did you know that feral and stray cats are the greatest source of cat overpopulation in the United States?  A feral cat is the offspring of a lost or abandoned pet cat and is typically too fearful or wild to be handled.   A stray is a pet cat lost or abandoned, accustomed to contact with people, though over time many become totally wild.  
More than 70% of the cats who enter the pounds and shelters are killed.  In fact, 11,000 cats and dogs every day, or 4 million each year, are euthanized nationally.

TNR - How the Trap Neuter Release Program Works
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This is the most humane and effective way to reduce the community cat population and to adopt the kittens and friendly adults.
  1. Humane traps are set-up to capture free roaming cats in targeted areas.
  2. Spay/neuter surgeries are performed. During surgery, they are vaccinated against rabies and are ear-tipped on one ear as an identifier.
  3. Cats that cannot be tamed are returned to their original neighborhoods.
  4. Once TNRed, designated caregivers provide food, water, shelter, monitor for  sickness and trap new ferals for TNR or new tame cats for possible adoption.
  5. TNR improves the quality of life for existing colonies by stabilizing the population, preventing births, reducing the number of injured adults and dying kittens, complaints about cats yowling, spraying and fighting over mates.  They stop reproducing and die off naturally.
  6. There is a misconception that feral cats can be eliminated by trapping, removing and  killing.  It has been proven to be an ineffective method of controlling feral cat colonies.  While using this approach, cat communities continue to explode.


 A few Statistics per Havahart, October 9, 2012 that show how effective TNR is:
  1. In the US alone, only 3% of free-roaming cats are neutered or spayed. 
  2. One female cat has the ability to produce roughly 100 kittens in seven years.
  3. A female cat may reproduce two to three times a year.
  4. Cats can become pregnant at 5 months of age.
  5. In California alone, animal control agencies and shelters for cat-related expenses spend more than $50 million per year.
  6. TNR costs roughly $50-$60 for the entire process, while it generally costs about $100-$105 to euthanize a cat.
 Listed are a few examples proving TNR works:
  • An 11 year study at the University of Florida, a TNR program was implemented and the number of cats on campus declined by 66%.
  • At the Univ. of Texas A&M, a TNR program was put into effect and sterilized 123 cats in one year - no new kittens the next year.
  • Berkley and San Diego County euthanasia rates dropped 50% since free sterilization and TNR programs were put into place.
  • Indianapolis Animal Care & Control experienced at 37% drop in feral cat intake since the Indy Feral program was started in 2002.
  • In a study done by Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and Petsmart  Charities, it states that to trap and kill feral cats costs the tax payers $16 billion vs TNR approximately $9 billion nationally.
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Please join us and become part of a humane answer to a loathsome problem.   Every donation will help be part of the solution to achieve the common goal of no more unwanted births throughout your communities.

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