TNR Week: Local Resources

Fri, Sep 17, 2010

Animal Welfare

Feral Cat Photography by Troy Snow

Hopefully by now, if you’ve never been involved with TNR, we’ve sparked an interest in you to join the thousands of other cat lovers who are working to help reduce the feral cat population through this important work. And if you’re already doing TNR or helping to feed a feral cat colony, perhaps you’re looking for answers to some questions. There are hundreds of local resources available to help you get started and to answer your questions, and we wanted to collect some of them here for you.

The best place to start is the Alley Cat Allies website. Visit their Make Connections page for links to Meetup groups and Yahoo groups across the US, including Atlantic City, Baltimore, Chicago, New Orleans, Washington, DC, and Wisconsin. If you are on or near a college or university campus, you can also connect with the Campus Cats Program from this page.

For a lot of very useful information, please join the Feral Friends Network. You will receive an email with exactly the information you request, including a list of people and organizations in your area that can help you with TNR.

Many of the animal rescue groups and shelters across the country have some kind of feral cat or TNR program, so please check with those organizations in your area. Here we would like to highlight some of the organizations in the US that are dedicated specifically to helping cats. These groups conduct TNR, provide ongoing care for feral colonies, run adoption programs for adoptable strays, offer educational resources for people in their area, and can serve as advocates for feral cats with local government and policy makers.

If you work with a cat rescue organization in your area, please leave a comment on this post telling us about the group and be sure to include a link to their website. International readers are welcome to tell us about their groups, too!



















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22 Responses to “TNR Week: Local Resources”

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    I work with Project Purr, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana:

    We’re working to reduce the number of cats and kittens killed in our city overall, by rescuing sociable felines from Animal Control for adoption and keeping up a robust TNR program.

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    Carols Ferals – – Grand Rapids, MI
    Focus on Ferals – – Grand Rapids, MI
    C-Snip – – West Michigan
    Spay Nuter Express – – West Michigan

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    Check out The MEOW Foundation, Calgary Alberta Canada.
    Sorry, Ido not have the address/link with me.

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    I don’t work with/for them cause I no longer live in SC but I know of SAV-R-CATS in South Carolina,

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    Leticia Stivers

    The Austin Humane Society in Austin, TX offers a FREE spay/neuter clinic for feral and stray cats. We perform over 5,000 surgeries per year!

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    I’m not directly involved with this organization, but my mom has purchased low-cost spay-neuter certificates from them to control the feral cat population on her street.

    Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida

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    Leslie Jackson

    Hundred Cat Foundation, Inc.
    Promoting & conducting Trap-Neuter-Return in Centre County, PA via monthly feral cat spay/neuter clinics

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    shannah clarke

    Bobbi and the Strays is a non-profit animal rescue that undertakes rescue operations and provides essential care for orphaned, stray, abused and special needs cats (and dogs). Through rehabilitation, socialization and adoption, we endeavor to provide a humane service to all cats and dogs that come into our care. Additionally we generate awareness in the community about the prevention of animal abuse and neglect as well as spay/neuter programs and their important effect on the cat and dog overpopulation crisis in New York City. In 2009, we placed 358 cats into homes, all of which we visited personally prior to adoption. In addition, all of our adoptions are guaranteed, in order to prevent animals from being turned back onto the streets or into kill shelters in the event that an adoption doesn’t work out.

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    It is the end of the day on Friday. I just got home from an afternoon of “socializing” kittens and very young cats at my local SPCA. The goal is to make them more adoptable and less reverting to a feral or even neurotic state.
    I volunteer to be a kind of kitty therapist and I like it. But we are a small rural shelter with a blossoming cat population. I massage, pet talk to and sing to one kitten at a time. We have about 40 in the adoption room now although as I left someone brought in 8 kittens of different ages and the pregnant mother cat. The problem of over-population is never ending. All of these kittens are not going to get homes or even live to see the one year point. Living in small enclosures makes many of them go nuts and they need to be euthanized… and these are not the feral cats who need their own program.
    I do not support the TNR program. It is cruel to the cats who face dangers and hardships before they finally die at a young age. And, yes, they are feeding off of the birds and other wildlife in our area.
    After following the Moderncat TNR series this week I am even more against this program than at the beginning of the week. I think Moderncat could do a service by running a series on the overpopulation problem and support mandetory neutering of all cats and dogs.

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    2 fantastic NYC resources are:

    Feral Cat Initiative of NYC (program of Neighborhood Cats and the Mayor’s Animal Alliance):

    And the ASPCA’s Mobile Spay Neuter Program’s Free S/N for TNR (they fix the majority of feral cats being fixed in NYC):

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    Leticia and her staff at the Austin Humane society are great! We had 6 feral cats spayed and neutered through them for free. You just have to call to make an appointment, trap the cat and drop them off early in the morning on a day they do the surgeries.

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    Illinois (Champaign-Urbana) – Catsnap

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    Lisa Barrett

    Animal Lovers Inc. in Three Oaks, MI (southwest MI) serving the Harbor Country area.

    I don’t work with them at the moment but know they perform an important, much needed and wonderful service for the area.

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    The “Hundred Cat Foundation” in Centre County, PA has a TNR program that has been quite successful, and growing. They serve other counties as well and will do huge “batch spay” days of 80-100 cats. They recently began fundraising for a second partner program.

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    I wanted to add Homeless Cat Network in San Mateo County, California-

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    Dr. Anne

    In Massachusetts, Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society ( has been doing TNR for years and is a great shelter as well. Commonwealth Cats is a more recent contributor to the TNR scene as well.

    TNR is not perfect, but in my opinion, it is more feasible and humane than euthanasia of feral cats. Obviously pet overpopulation is the root cause of this problem and it won’t go away until almost all cats in the US are spayed and neutered, but unfortunately I think that day is a long way off.

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    Adding a personal recommendation to the comment above re: Austin Humane Society. I live in a ragpickers grotto, rundown and highcrime, grew sick last year of seeing the area littered with cat corpses so I studied the options, contacted Austin Humane Society and they took it from there. Trapped and vaccinated the strays, transported them to the clinic and back, and gave me a ton of resources to maintain my colony. It’s been a year and the ferals who survived are now “my cats”. They were so haggard a year ago and now spend their days lolling in the yard, hanging out in their shelter, cudding each other, and patrolling their turf. Seeing them thrive never gets old, and my trailer stands out for having a small, healthy, controlled colony compared to the other properties where random cats in various stages of age and health multiply in hunger and uncertainty. I am now working with the city to get my neighbors on top of the strays that live beneath their own trailers, and this is taking shape.

    It may be counter-intuitive, but the program does what it says it does, reduces the population, if it can happen in a mudhole it can happen anywhere. I see it to believe it.

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    I volunteer with Pawsitively Precious Adoptions in Williamsburg, VA. More info on their website:

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    Jess W

    I don’t work with them at the moment but I have friends working with a local group in IL called Fixin’ Feral Felines:

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    obsidian kitten


    The link for Bobbi and the Strays is:

    Another wonderful organization here in NYC is SaveKitty (rescue, adoption, and TNR):

    Thanks for TNR week!

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    Carol Manos

    Hello, Carol of Carol’s Ferals here. We operate a TNR program in West Michigan. Last year we fixed nearly 1,100 cats for feral/stray caregivers. We teach caregivers how to successfully trap and transport cats to us three nights weekly. We take cats to my low cost spay/neuter vet, have them fixed, treated for ear mites, fleas and worms and then we keep them for an additional 36 hours to be sure they are ready to go back home. Ear tipped cats are released back to their original colonies unless the situation is grave, in that case we try to properly rehome the cats to barns and farms. But we are mostly T-N-Return with limited adoption of friendly cats and kittens who we try to pull from the streets. Since 2006 we have fixed over 3,500 cats and helped to significantly reduce the free roaming cat population in West Michigan. Feel free to use us as a resource from everything from trapping tips to rehoming barn cats to taming feral kittens and stopping the mayhem caused by offering FREE KITTENS. ~ Carol

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    Thanks for the concepts you are revealing on this blog site

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