Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate, Return and Manage programs (TNR for short) are the least costly and most efficient way to reduce feral cat populations. They are also the only true humane method. 

The Problem

Un-neutered free-roaming cats lead stressful, unhealthy lives and contribute to the tens of thousands of cats and kittens that flood NJ’s shelters every year.  And the majority of townships and municipal animal shelters continue to euthanize feral cats.

Trap-Neuter-Return programs address this problem by helping outdoor cats lead healthier, happier, safer lives, and by fostering and socializing feral-born kittens and move them to safe, nurturing homes.

The Solution

TNR involves humanely trapping feral cats, spaying or neutering them, vaccinating them against rabies and other common illnesses, and returning them to their outdoor “home” to live out their lives. A “colony caretaker” then continues to provide food, fresh water and adequate shelter to the colony cats and monitors their health.


TNR is proven to be the least costly, most efficient and most humane method to reduce feral cat populations. TNR is endorsed by numerous well-respected animal welfare organizations including the ASPCA,  The Humane Society of the United States, and the National Animal Control Association.

Got questions? Read our FAQ page

How It Works

The first trigger for a trap-neuter-return program is when free-roaming cats or kittens are seen in need and/or not having been neutered. A TNR program approaches the situation using the following recommended steps.

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