Trap-Neuter-Return

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 our partner veterinary clinic.

Our rate is $110 for a male or 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.

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?

The Roamer Program continues to do TNR for those people seeking to sterilize outdoor and feral felines. We have sterilized several thousand outdoor felines since the Program started in 2008. Our Program seeks to educate and inform. Sterilization saves lives. A cat can have almost 4 litters of kittens in a single year. Litter size can be anywhere from 2 to 8 kittens. Kittens born in the outdoors have a small chance of survival. They become the prey of larger animals and often perish shortly after birth. Others are subject to inhumane treatment and suffering. Please neuter and spay.

We work with the Two Rivers Veterinary Clinic which offers low cost feline sterilization and vaccination. If interested, please call 920-901-9524. All surgeries need prior approval before an appointment is scheduled.

The Roamer Program has also helped felines in need. See our website for the latest news on our success stories.

Humane Trapping Instructions:
Please watch a step-by-step brief video here on how you can humanely trap an outdoor cat. Great resources for information on TNR include:
Cats Anonymous, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Alley Cat Allies, Washington DC
Best Friends Animal Society, Kanab, UT Additional Resources:
Video: How to Build Cat Shelter and Feeding Area

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Trap, Neuter, and Return Feral Cats
What can you do to help break this cycle?
If you find a litter of kittens, don’t assume the mother has abandoned them. She could be out looking for food and will return later. She is probably hiding nearby and watching her kittens. Keep a close eye on them from a distance. If you find that she does not come back within a few hours, and you decide to rescue the kittens, you must keep returning to the site to trap the parents. This is the only thing that can break this cycle. (Courtesy Alley Cat Rescue)

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.

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