What national groups provide Trap-Neuter-Return help?
• The ASPCA: Endorses Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) as the only proven humane and effective method to manage feral cat colonies. The organization works closely with Feral Cat Initiative, a program of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC Animals and Neighborhood Cats, offers spay/neuter surgery and rabies vaccinations at our spay/neuter clinic and partners with trained colony caretakers in the five boroughs of New York City.
If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of TNR and how to implement a project in your area, please also consult Neighborhood Cats and Alley Cat Allies.
• Humane Society of the United States: The HSUS advocates community-based Trap-Neuter-Return programs with on-going responsible management as the most viable, long-term approach available at this time to reduce feral cat populations. Responsible management of existing feral cat colonies should include: humane trapping, sterilization, rabies vaccination, and treatment for illness or injury; removal of kittens and friendly adults for possible placement in homes; euthanasia of animals whose suffering cannot be alleviated; ear-tipping and returning ferals to the same location where they were trapped provided they would not face imminent risks; and providing lifelong care consisting of adequate food, water, and shelter as well as regular monitoring of the colony for sickness, injury, and the arrival of new animals. The goal of any feral cat management program should be to maximize quality of life for the cats and to eliminate the existing colony over time through attrition.
• Alley Cat Allies: Alley Cat Allies is the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats. An engine for social change, Alley Cat Allies was the first organization to introduce and advocate for humane methods of feral cat care, particularly Trap-Neuter-Return, in the American animal protection community. By establishing and promoting standards of care, the organization has brought humane treatment of cats into the national spotlight, now embraced by major cities and animal protection organizations coast to coast. In 20 short years, “we’ve changed America to better understand and respect the lives of cats.”