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TNR: Trap-Neuter-Return

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. 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 that you would be willing to help trap, transport to the veterinarian, and return to the original location once altered, please fill out the application below. Note that funds are limited so can only be funded as we receive grants. HSNEI does have live traps that can be borrowed for this purpose.


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!

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