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People and Cats

A key part to a successful Trap-Neuter-Return effort is establishing a friendly dialogue with neighborhood residents and addressing any possible concerns. If neighbors do not know who “speaks for the cats,” they have no one but animal control to contact. Being open about caregiving can protect the cats. Find a way to approach residents so that the topic can be discussed rationally and unemotionally. Avoid arguing with people who do not support your work, and remember to put your safety first.

When talking with neighbors, it can help to have science behind you.

  • Scientific Evidence Supporting Trap-Neuter-Return - Gives a summary of peer-reviewed scientific studies conducted around the world that show Trap-Neuter-Return, also known as TNR, is the humane and effective approach for managing feral cats. 
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  • Feral Cat Health Analysis: Living Healthy Lives Outdoors - Feral cats—or cats not socialized to humans—are healthy and content in their outdoor homes. Research shows they do not suffer harsh lives or pose a health risk to other cats.
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  • The Vacuum Effect: Why Catch and Kill Doesn’t Work - Removing cats from an area by killing or relocating them is not only cruel—it’s pointless. Scientific research, years of failed attempts, and evidence from animal control personnel prove the vacuum effect and that catch and kill doesn’t permanently clear an area of cats.
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  • Feral Cats and the Public—A Healthy Relationship: The science behind why feral cats are safe members of our communities - Public health policies all over the country reflect the scientific evidence: feral cats live healthy lives outdoors and don’t spread disease to people.
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You'll find lots more tools and information about how to help the cats be good neighbors and how to work with the community in our Community Relations Resource Center.