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Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)

is an effective, internationally recognized program to reduce community cat colonies naturally, eventually eliminating the colony through gradual thinning of the population.

  • successfully decreases population,

  • reduces birth rates 

  • improves overall colony health

  • more humane


How does TNR work?

Initially, cats are trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, treated for ear mites and fleas, receive a left ear notch, and are returned to their original location.

A community cat colony caretaker feeds the cats on a daily basis and takes them to a veterinarian if they require medical assistance.

silhouette of kitten facing away

The resultant group of cats, including any new cats entering the caretaker’s sphere, is known as a managed community cat colony.

silhouette of adult cat walking

Why spaying and neutering is so important ...

volunteer holding two kittens about to be put in a cage at animal shelter
several photos of mother cats and kittens turned in to animal shelter, some are visibly unwell
six kittens turned into animal shelter

Feral kittens are regularly turned in to animal control, often sick and malnourished.  If community cats aren't spayed/neutered, the cycle will continue and there will be over population, not to mention unnecessary suffering of innocent animals. 


TNR is More Humane 

than other approaches, such as trap-and-remove or trap-and-kill.  Performed on a large scale, the success of such programs is felt at animal shelters where fewer cats are admitted to be killed.

It is more effective than removal
If cats are simply removed, others will move in to take their place.  This is known as the "vacuum-effect".
TNR improves 
community health
Because cats receive a rabies vaccination, community health is improved by reducing the chances of spread of the disease to other animals or humans.
two cats lying next to one another
It decreases problems and complaints about cats spraying, fighting and mating.



& Tips

FFF permanently notches or tips the left ear of all cats altered through our program.

An ear tip is the removal

of the tip of the ear.

close up of a tipped ear, the end of the ear has been cut off

The notched/tipped ear is the universally accepted way to permanently identify a cat to caretakers and animal control officials as a spayed/neutered cat that is a member of a stable, vaccinated colony.

An ear notch is a small
V-shaped notch in the
side of the ear.

close up of ear notch, a smal triangle has been cut out of side of ear at the top

Spay/Neuter Programs

available through FFF

FFF offers two programs to help people with TNR of colony cats and stray community cats

Monthly Spay/Neuter Clinic

Using a Partner Vet

silhouette of cat lying down
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