Trap-Neuter-Return is a humane and effective approach for stray and feral cats. Scientific studies show that Trap-Neuter-Return improves the lives of feral cats, improves their relationships with the people who live near them, and decreases the size of colonies over time.Trap-Neuter-Return is successfully practiced in hundreds of communities in the U.S. and Europe. It is exactly what it sounds like: Cats are humanely trapped and taken to a veterinarian to be neutered and vaccinated. After recovery, the cats are returned to their home—their colony—outdoors. Kittens and cats who are friendly and socialized to people may be adopted into homes.

TNR stops the breeding cycle of cats and therefore improves their lives while preventing reproduction. The removal and killing of outdoor cats that animal control has pursued for decades is neverending and futile. It is time to put an end to catch and kill. Trap-Neuter-Return provides a life-saving, effective solution for these beautiful, independent cats. Click here to learn more about Trap-Neuter-Return from Alley Cat Allies.

If you have a box trap, you can trap the cat(s) yourself and arrange for spay/neuter. If you’d like professional help, contact Keith O’Conner of ADC Naturespect (740-664-3333). He is an experienced wildlife and nuisance animal trapper who can trap the cat(s) for you. You can register for ACHS’s low-cost spay/neuter clinics to have the cat(s) fixed.