TNR: Trap Neuter Return

What is TNR?

Trap-neuter-return (TNR) is a program through which free-roaming community cats (not belonging to a particular person) are humanely trapped; spayed or neutered and medically treated.

They are then returned to the outdoor locations where they were found.

Trap-Neuter-Return is the most humane and effective approach for handing the overpopulation of stray and feral cats (community cats). TNR has been in practice for decades in the US and numerous scientific studies have shown that Trap-Neuter-Return decreases the size of colonies over time and eliminates many of the negative behaviors that people complain about where community cats are concerned.

During Trap-Neuter-Return, cats are humanely trapped and taken to a vet to be spayed or neutered and vaccinated. After their recovery, the cats are returned where they were trapped (their colony—outdoors). Kittens and friendly and socialized cats are adopted into homes rather than returned.


What is a Community Cat?

A Community Cat is a cat that has been fixed, vaccinated and eartipped then released back into the area from which it was captured. FACE defines Community Cats as unowned stray and feral (unsocialized) cats who live outdoors in our neighborhoods without a particular home or owner. Community cats may be temporarily brought inside a colony caretaker’s residence, for their protection, in the event of severe environmental conditions or medical necessity.

Are you feeding stray cats?

We can help get them fixed. The Indianapolis city shelter can’t save and support the huge number of accidental litters, strays and family pets brought to the shelter every day. Help end the stray cat overpopulation in Indianapolis. If you are feeding outdoor cats (stray or feral) in Marion County, Indiana you are required by the city’s TNR ordinance to:

Read the Indianapolis / Marion County TNR Ordinance

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