WHAT IS TNR?
TNR is when a feral cat is humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, then returned to the location where they were trapped. It is highly effective at reducing many of the nuisance behaviors:
- Prevents unwanted litters, controlling the population
- Costs less taxpayer dollars to sterilize than to kill feral cats
- Overall decreased population: feral cats have shorter life spans than domestic cats
- Reduces or stops annoying behaviors like yowling, fighting, territory marking
Do you have cats in your neighborhood who don’t seem to have homes? Community cats, also known as feral or stray cats, are un-owned outdoor felines that have not been socialized by people. These community cats thrive outdoors and because of their fear of humans, are not suitable for adoption into homes.
Unless spayed or neutered, community cats will breed prolifically, starting from a very young age. We support Trap. Neuter. Return (TNR) which is the proven and humane method of cat population control.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU FIND KITTENS
Kittens are not yet old enough to be spayed or neutered. But you can still help them! If you discover a nest of unattended kittens or a single kitten seemingly abandoned by its mother, read our “I Found Kittens” guide first.
If you have determined that the kittens do, in fact, need help, and would like to request that OHS foster the kittens, please submit a request.
OHS CAN HELP!
OHS has an amazing team of volunteers to help with trapping community cats. If you are in Fremont, Newark, or Union City, please complete the TNR request form and we will reach out to you when available. TNR requests are in high demand and the waitlist is long. We thank you for your patience and your interest in helping the community cats!
Are you up for a challenge? If you would like to try trapping a community cat on your own, here are some resources to check out first.
COMMUNITY CATS TRAPPED, NEUTERED & RETURNED BY OHS TNR PROGRAM
KITTENS ADMITTED TO FOSTER PROGRAM FROM OHS TNR PROGRAM
THE VACUUM EFFECT
Animal control’s traditional approach has been to catch and kill community cats. While this may temporarily reduce the number of community cats in a given area, it is ultimately counterproductive, as the population of cats rebounds, known as the “Vacuum Effect.”