Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is a humane process to manage feral cat colonies and reduce their numbers naturally over time. Feral cats are trapped using humane cage traps. They are then spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and ear-tipped (for ease of identification). After a brief recovery period, fixed cats are returned and released to the precise location of capture.
TNR does not stop at the return after spay and neuter. Management of the colonies is key to the success of the program. Careful, regular feeding is especially important since it anchors the colony, trains the cats to predictably appear at specific location, and desensitizes them enough to human presence to facilitate trapping. TNR fails when long-term management is not a fundamental of the program.
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The Humane Society Of Silicon Valley offers free classes on helping with Homeless/Feral Cats and your community. Local trappers introduce you to what you can do for these special cats. If you'd like to attend this event you can RSVP online. View the program calendar.