Starting a TNR Program in Your Community

In this webinar, Jesse gives a basic overview of trap/neuter/return, along with examples of different program models. She also reviews the resources needed to start a TNR program and offers helpful trapping tips. Find more useful tips and ideas in our Feral and Community Cats section.


Download the new free download, Special Considerations for Community Cats at Spay/Neuter Clinics.

Top Tips from this Webinar

Snag Volunteers for Other Tasks
Got folks who want to help, but don't want to trap? There are plenty of crucial roles for volunteers. To name a few:

  • Transporting cats
  • Admin work/capturing data
  • Fundraising
  • Public education
  • Caring for cats in traps

Provide a Safe and Relaxing Recovery Space
Post-surgery, cats should recover in a low-stimulus space that?s well-lit (important for identifying any post-op issues), separate from other animals, and warm. Make sure the space is enclosed, so kitty doesn't find an easy escape route.

Capture that Data!
Careful colony inventory and stats collection are important to measuring impact. Gathering data such as numbers of TNRs and adoptions can be helpful toward determining at-risk areas to target in the community, and garnering public support.

Get Your Talking Points Down
Need to get your public on board with TNR? Emphasize that with increased Spay & Neuter, there will be fewer cats, which means less noise and less of a smell near feral colonies.

What to Ask For Besides Money
Ask your community to donate much-needed supplies like sheets to cover traps, cat food, trapping bait, winter shelter supplies, newspapers, towels, and blankets.