An Overview of Trap, Neuter, Return Programs, by Andrew Katakis
August 15, 2012 § Leave a comment
Trap, Neuter, Return or Trap, Neuter, Release (TNR) is a humane way of curtailing the stray cat population without causing harm to the cats. In fact, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) endorsed the process as the only humane and most effective way to manage the feral cat population.
So, how does the process work? The ASPCA, other nonprofit organizations, and generous veterinarians offer TNR clinics or services where stray cats can be neutered or spayed and released back into their habitat. Neighborhood residents can trap the cats, bring them to these clinics, and then bring them home. There are many advantages to TNR: most obviously, fewer litters of kittens entering the world and fewer cats entering animal shelters. Additionally, fewer cats are euthanized, and there is a higher rate of adoption from shelters. Overall, the program is a great way to tackle the cat population without resorting to euthanasia.
About Andrew Katakis: The President of California Asset Recovery, Andrew Katakis is also a supporter of Alley Cat Guardians, a TNR organization in California.