Do you have outdoor cats living on or around your property that are not sterilized? If you are feeding them, please help prevent cat overpopulation by fixing them.
Through the Free Roaming Feline Program you can have your outdoor kittens and cats spayed or neutered at one of our partner veterinary clinics.
We have an amazing rate of $35 for a male cat or $50 for female cat at two local veterinary clinics. You can provide your own trap, or borrow them from us.
The price includes sterilization surgery, rabies and distemper vaccination and ear-tipping (optional).
To receive this reduced rate, just follow these steps:
1. Call Kathy Beer at The Free Roamers for authorization: (920) 686-8899.
2. Select either the Two Rivers Veterinary Clinic or Port Cities Animal Hospital.
3. The Free Roamers will call the clinic you select and make them aware of the authorization for the reduced rate.
4. Call the clinic to make appointment for the surgery. Wait times for surgery vary throughout the year. If the clinics are busy with other surgeries you might have to wait 2-3 weeks for an appointment.
5. Drop off your cat(s) as instructed by the clinic.
6. Pay the Free Roamer discounted fee directly to the clinic, and fill out a little paperwork for us.
7. When your feline is recovered from surgery the clinic will call you to pick up.
8. Bring your cat home.
If you are not able to do the trapping and transport for your outdoor cats, there is another non-profit organization in our area that can help with TNR.
My Feral Fix will provide the traps, set them, transport to vet, sterilize, vaccinate, let cats recover for a day or two, and then bring them back to you for release.
Please contact My Feral Fix at (920) 946-1775. The cost is $25 per cat. Visit My Feral Fix for more information.
Cats Anonymous is another TNR organization in our area that will sterilize and vaccinate your outdoor cats in northeast Wisconsin. Please contact them at 920.321.1967 or visit their website.
What is TNR?
TRAP-NEUTER-RETURN (or RELOCATE) (TNR) is a humane method of trapping community cats using live traps. Free-roaming strays, barn cats and feral (wild) cats living outdoors in cities, towns and rural areas are humanely trapped, evaluated, vaccinated for Rabies and distemper, and spayed or neutered by our veterinarians.
Kittens and social cats are adopted into indoor forever homes. Healthy barn and feral cats are returned to their familiar habitat after being properly treated. Sometimes they are relocated if it is unsafe for the feline to return to the area where it was living.
TNR is the only scientifically proven method of reducing the feral cat population. TNR is the answer to effectively reducing the overpopulation of cats. TNR reduces most cat-related nuisances, poses no threat to public health and safety, and keeps rodent control in place. TNR programs are critical in the prevention of thousands and thousands of kittens from being born.
TNR is the single most effective way to help free-roaming cats because sterilized cats have improved health and life expectancy. They are less likely to get hit by cars, injured in fights with other animals, or to contract FeLV or FIV. The cat behavior that humans find objectionable (fighting, yowling, marking) is minimized, thus reducing the risk of removal or eradication.
Felines who become Roamer team members through sterilization and vaccination are either ear tipped or microchipped. The ear tip is used by rescue groups and it tells anyone who sees the feline that the cat has been sterilized, vaccinated, and has been checked by a veterinarian. It is a safeguard for the feline and it is used by rescue groups throughout the country. Roamers who come to the Program and are deemed to be former housecats (either dumped, discarded, lost, etc.) are microchipped. The Home Again fee for rescue felines is $10. It is paid once. However, if the new forever parent does not call in the registration number to Home Again, there is no way of finding the pet parent if the cat is lost. This has happened several times. The microchip is inserted during the sterilization surgery.
TNR is a feral cat management method involving:
• Trap members of a colony
• Neuter or Spay (plus rabies, vaccination, and ear tipping*)
• Return ferals to original site (or relocate to outdoor caregiver)
• Long-term caretaking/monitoring
* ear tipping is the process of removing ¼ inch straight line cut off tip of left ear. This allows colony caretakers to know of any new cats in the colony that need to be altered.
What is a feral cat?
- A ‘feral’ cat is unsocialized to humans. They originate from lost or abandoned cats.
- A ‘stray’ cat is living on his or her own, but remains socialized and adoptable.
What is a colony?
- Feral and stray cats tend to live in groups centered around a common food source
Why do you return the cats to the outside?
Because feral cats are wild animals and cannot usually be tamed in order to become a pet. If we humanely trap a cat that appears to be friendly, after the feline is seen by one of our veterinarians, we will find a foster home for the cat so they can be adopted to in indoor forever home. This is the same case with kittens.
How do I do TNR?
• You can borrow a live trap from the Free Roaming Feline Program. We use and recommend the Havahart Large Trap, which is 32" x 10" x 12". Or purchase a trap at a retail outlet. In the Manitowoc area we recommend Mills' Fleet Farm. You can also purchase online (Amazon, Lowe's, Home Depot, Walmart). The large traps (raccoon size) are the best size for trapping cats, and will not harm the animal. Once you are finished using the trap you can donate it, let others borrow from you or just keep it for future use.
• Skip feeding your outdoor felines for a day so they are hungry the day you want to trap them. Set out the live trap with food the night before or morning of your appointment at the vet clinic.
• Transport the cats to the clinic for surgery. Our veterinarians use dissolvable stitches that do not have to be removed.
• Pick up the cats at the end of the day, let them recuperate for awhile in their traps, then re-release.
• Provide food, water and shelter to the cats for the remainder of their lives.
Humane Trapping Instructions:
Please watch a step-by-step brief video here on how you can humanely trap an outdoor cat.
Video: How to Build Cat Shelter and Feeding Area
Click here for Frequently Asked Questions About TNR
TNR Saves Cats' Lives
Nearly three-quarters of cats who enter our nation's animal shelters each year are killed. Most are Free-Roaming community cats.
Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) entails trapping, neutering, vaccinating and returning neighborhood cats to their original outdoor locations. It is not only the most humane method of preventing cats from entering the shelter system; it's the most effective.
Since 2008, The Free Roaming Feline Program has vaccinated, sterilized and released more than 1,000 community cats, preventing many thousands of births.
and help reduce the number of community cats, and ultimately the number of cats being killed in America's shelters.