Presented by Kathleen O’Malley, Director of TNR Education, NYC Feral Cat Initiative
Learn how to be a safe and effective caretaker of feral and stray cat colonies by using Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). We recommend attending an in-person TNR workshop, which gives the benefits of face-to-face interaction with instructors, ability to ask your questions real-time, hands-on practice with traps and the opportunity to network with fellow caretakers. However, if you cannot attend an in-person workshop, we offer this online certification option.
In this free, 90-minute online course, each step in the TNR process is described in detail and enhanced with video demonstrations. You will learn about:
- Working with neighbors and the community at large
- Best practices for colony feeding
- Setting up adequate shelter
- Arranging for spay/neuter, trapping, and caring for the cats pre- and post-surgery
This course is especially for TNR caretakers in NYC but anyone interested in feral cat colony management will benefit. After you complete the course, check your in-box for information on how to register as a Certified TNR Caretaker in NYC.
How to Complete the Course
1. Download the Guide First!
Learn how to become a Certified TNR Caretaker in NYC using the course and the Guide to Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and Colony Care. The course makes numerous references to the handbook, so be sure to download and print the handbook before taking the course. We also recommend reading the handbook in full before planning or participating in a TNR project. You may obtain a print copy of the handbook by contacting TNRhandbook@aspca.org.
After you complete the course, register as a Certified TNR Caretaker in NYC to gain access to free or low-cost spay/neuter, trap loans, transportation for cats and traps, educational and networking events, newsletters, community outreach materials and other services and support within the five boroughs of New York City. Registration automatically enters you in the Certified TNR Caretaker database, so you don't need to show a card to take advantage of these services.
Learn how to become a registered rescuer with the ASPCA, which provides you with free or low-cost veterinary services for feral and friendly cats. Once you are certified as a TNR Caretaker, you can register as a rescuer in order to use the ASPCA spay/neuter clinics, trap bank and transport service.
4. More Resources
Download the free Special Considerations for Community Cats at Spay/Neuter Clinics.
Visit ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance for more training materials.