The TNR Process
Trap, Neuter, and Return or TNR is a program in which stray and feral cats already living outdoors in cities, towns, and rural areas are humanely trapped, then evaluated, vaccinated, and sterilized by veterinarians. Kittens and tame cats are adopted into good homes. Healthy adult cats are generally too wild to be adopted and are returned to their outdoor home to be cared for by local volunteers for the remainder of their lives. This continual care creates a safety net for both the cats and the community -- NO more kittens are born, and the feral cat population is REDUCED.
Here in the Wichita area - FOFKS volunteers place humane traps to catch ferals. Cats are taken to the Kansas Humane Society or a local veterinarian for processing. During processing, the cats are checked for diseases, spayed or neutered, ears are tipped, and Rabies vaccinations are administered. Cats are monitored while the anesthesia wears off and to make sure all is well before returning them to their colony and caregivers
TNR Works! The breeding stops. Populations are gradually reduced. The annoying behaviors of mating cats, such as yowling or fighting, stop. The cats are vaccinated against disease, and they are fed quality food on a regular basis.
Eradication Fails -- Every Time. Rounding up cats and killing them is extremely costly to the taxpayers because cats must be continually removed by Animal Control. Other cats simply move in to take advantage of the available resources and they breed prolifically, quickly forming a new colony. This "vacuum effect" is well documented. Eradication efforts is simply killing cats without population control. Feral cats are wild and most are unadoptable by the average pet owner. One must take into account that it is not the cat's fault for all the feline overpopulation. The fault lies with humans, the irresponsible owners, who fail to alter their pets and when they become burdensome, turn them away to fend for themselves.