LONG ISLAND CAT KITTEN SOLUTION (LICKS)

About TNR

What Is TNR?

Trap, Neuter, Release (TNR) is a three-step approach to reducing the number of feral and stray cats in your community:


  • Step 1 – Trap:   Feral or stray cats are trapped using a safe, humane, live trap.
  • Step 2 – Neuter:   Trapped cats are spayed or neutered by a licensed veterinarian.
  • Step 3 – Return:   Once the cats are fixed and recovered, they are returned to their home.


This is a humane approach to addressing community cat populations by reducing the breeding cycle. Typically during the TNR process, local rescuers will also ascertain if cats and kittens found living outdoors can be domesticated and adopted into loving homes.


  

Benefits to the Community


TNR helps the community by alleviating and reducing the population of stray and feral cats over time. It also eliminates many of the chief complaints that come from neighbors in areas with stray and feral cats present, for example:  


  • Neutered males have no desire to mark their territory, so they stop spraying.
  • Females no longer go into heat and the yowling created by mating no longer occurs.
  • Male cats stop fighting because there are no females in heat to fight over, and neutered males have no desire to mate even if a female in heat is in the area.


Additionally, the strain on local shelters and rescues reduces overall when significantly fewer cats and kittens overwhelm their facilities.  Lastly, the rate of unjust and unnecessary euthanasia drops as a greater number of cage space becomes available and more cats and kittens can be adopted!



Why TNR Works?

 There are so many reasons to embrace and promote TNR!


  • Stabilizes feral cat colonies: colonies that are involved in TNR diminish in size over time, quickly stabilizing feral cat populations by instantly ending reproduction and by removing socialized cats from the colony.
  • Improves cats’ lives: TNR relieves cats of the constant stresses of mating and pregnancy, causing mating behaviors to cease, like roaming, yowling, spraying, and fighting. Additionally, cats overall health improves from the introduction of the rabies and distemper vaccines given during the TNR process.
  • Answers the needs of the community: The population stabilizes—no new kittens! Cats become better neighbors and TNR creates opportunities for outreach, education, and cooperation. 
  • Protect cats’ lives: TNR is an essential and valuable component of shelter reform to save cats’ lives and stops wasteful spending of taxpayer's dollars on unnecessary and inhumane euthanasia.
  • It works—other methods just don’t: it's a solution that works for everyone!


John Debacker, animal activist & rescuer, releasing community cats following spay/neuter surgery.

John Debacker, animal activist & rescuer, releasing community cats following spay/neuter surgery.

Step 1 – Trap:

Photo Credit: John Debacker

Feral or stray cats are trapped using a safe, humane, live trap. 


PHOTO CREDIT: John Debacker

Step 2 – Neuter:

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Trapped cats are spayed or neutered by a licensed veterinarian.  Cats will also receive all necessary vaccines and other pertinent medical treatments.

Step 3 – Return:

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Once the cats are fixed and recovered, they are returned to their home. 


PHOTO CREDIT: John Debacker