Guide/How-to| Trap-Neuter-Return

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Alley Cat Allies, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), and the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals® joined forces to create a new in-person workshop and online courses. This guide was produced as a component of that workshop. It covers the the basics of TNR and colony management, including the steps of humane trapping (preparations, equipment, and techniques); arranging for spay/neuter; caring for the cats pre- and post-surgery; feeding; setting up adequate shelter; and discussion of the “big picture” of TNR, including ongoing colony management and working with neighbors and the community at large. In addition, it explains why TNR works to reduce feral cat numbers and why other methods, such as trap and remove, have failed.