Trap-neuter-return (TNR) is a program through which free-roaming community cats (not belonging to particular humans)are humanely trapped; sterilized and medically treated; and returned to the outdoor locations where they were found. If those locations are deemed unsafe or otherwise inappropriate, feral cats (unsocialized to humans) are relocated to farmyard homes. Kittens still young enough to be socialized, and friendly adult cats, are typically placed in foster care for eventual adoption into homes as companion animals, rather than returned to the outdoors. Cats found suffering with terminal or untreatable illnesses or injuries are humanely euthanized.
Feral cats are domestic cats. Like pet cats and stray cats. The difference is that feral cats are not socialized to people, and so they are wary of us and cannot be adopted. They have a home—the outdoors. And, there is a simple way you can help them: Trap-Neuter-Return. This program ends reproduction, stabilizes colony populations, and improves cats’ lives. The behaviors and stresses associated with mating—pregnancy, yowling, spraying, and fighting—stop. And there are no new litters of kittens