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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. TNR is endorsed by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) as "the most humane, effective and financially sustainable strategy for controlling free-roaming cat populations" and "the only proven humane and effective method to manage feral cat colonies." The Humane Society of the United States has also endorsed "community-based Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs with on-going responsible management as the most viable, long-term approach available at this time to reduce feral cat populations." The American Humane Association is another supporter of TNR. In Canada, the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies supports TNR, stating that the care of feral cats "is society's responsibility" as their wild nature is the result of human neglect. The U.K.'s Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) supports "trapping and neutering of feral cats where local charities have the capacity to do so." Worldwide supporters include the World Animal Foundation, based in Oneida, Kentucky,and the International Companion Animal Management Coalition.

How to Help Us

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