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TNR Grant Project

Calling all stray, feral and free-roaming cats! It’s time for TNR (trap, neuter, return) in Decorah!

Thanks to a generous grant received from the Miccio Foundation and a private donation, HSNEI is very excited to be conducting aTNR project in the City of Decorah. This grant will allow us to humanely reduce the stray and feral cat population in Decorah. Our TNR project is expected to continue through the end of October.

What is TNR?

Trap-Neuter-Return, or "TNR," is the most humane and effective method of controlling the feral and stray cat overpopulation crisis which a growing number of areas are facing, including Decorah. TNR aims to not only manage feral and stray cats, but to reduce their population by altering them so they are unable to reproduce.


During TNR, stray cats are trapped using a safe and humane live trap. They are then transported to a veterinarian where they are spayed/neutered and vaccinated against rabies. The cats' left ears are also "tipped" while at the vet, which is a universal sign that a cat has been TNR’d. After they’ve recovered, the cats are returned to their original colony/location and left to naturally live out their lives.


Benefits of TNR:

  • TNR saves kittens

  • TNR prevents overpopulation of feral cats

  • Feline nuisance behavior (spraying, howling, fighting) is reduced by TNR

  • TNR reduces animal shelter admissions & operating costs

  • TNR cats live healthier, happier lives and are less likely to spread feline diseases

  • TNR cats provide excellent rodent control

  • TNR is the most cost-effective and humane way to control the feral cat population.


If you know of any stray or feral cat colonies in the City of Decorah, or have any humane live traps you'd like to donate to our cause, please contact Erica at 952-820-5311,


Monetary donations towards our TNR program can be made by clicking the link on this post or by clicking the donate link on our home page. Donations can also be mailed to HSNEI at 2345 Millenium Road, Decorah, Iowa 52101. Please note the donation is for TNR. Thank you!