Guide/How-to| Trap-Neuter-Return

IMPORTANT: Even in the best case scenarios relocation can be very dangerous for cats and ineffective. Relocation is stressful for cats and since community cats are not socialized to people they can be unpredictable. Community cats bond to their outdoor homes and will try to go back—in some cases cats have died in the process, when people misguidedly believe that their life will be better someplace else.

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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.