Trap-Neuter-Return(TNR) is a humane method of population control to reduce the number of feral cats in the environment and improve the lives of existing cats and their human neighbors . It is a comprehensive, ongoing program in which stray and feral cats already living outdoors in cities, towns, and rural areas are humanely trapped by caregivers residing in the areas in which the cats live, and are evaluated, vaccinated, and sterilized by veterinarians.  Note that The Cat House’s TNR program relies on those caring for the cats to do the “leg work” of trapping and transporting cats. 

Kittens and tame (stray) cats may be taken into The Cat House to find good homes, space permitting. Healthy cats too wild (feral) to be adopted are returned to their familiar habitat, where caregivers in the area watch over them.

TNR works. In communities where TNR is widely embraced, feral cat numbers have dropped. TNR works because it breaks the cycle of reproduction. Behaviors such as fighting and spraying are greatly reduced.  In general, the cost of sterilizing and returning a feral cat is less than half the cost of trapping, holding, killing, and disposing of a feral cat. Disease and malnutrition are also greatly reduced. The cats live healthy, safe, and peaceful lives in their territories.

If you want to help the feral and stray cats in your neighborhood and reduce the number of cats and kittens killed in traditional shelters, complete the TNR interest form below.  Please note that our TNR program, which is funded entirely by donations, is limited to Lincoln, Nebraska, and the surrounding area.  Also note that our TNR program is for feral (wild) or stray cats.  For help getting your companion/pet cat spayed or neutered, see the “Spay/neuter assistance” section on our “Need Help” page.

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