What is TNR?
Trap-Neuter-Return, commonly referred to as "TNR," is the only method proven to be the most effective (as well as humane) method of controlling the feral and stray cat population. Using this technique, the feral cats in a colony are trapped, neutered and then returned to their territory where caretakers provide them with regular food and shelter. Young kittens who can still be socialized, as well as friendly adults, are placed in foster care and eventually adopted out to forever homes.
TNR immediately halts the growth of a colony by eliminating new litters. The nuisance behavior, mating activity and the odor of unneutered males spraying to mark their territory including the yowling and fighting (which is often associated with feral cats) is dramatically reduced. Those cats that are returned to their colony also guards its territory, preventing unneutered cats from moving in and carrying on the cycle of overpopulation and problem behavior. In urban areas, these cats continue to provide natural rodent control.
Another significant advantage of the TNR method is that, when put into practice by multiple neighboring communities, it lessens the number of kittens and cats being born, that would ultimately end up being taken into local shelters. This results in more suucessful adoptions, and less instances of euthanasia.
TNR is it is the ONLY WAY to effectively manage a feral cat community! Doing nothing has resulted in the current overpopulation crisis. Trying to "rescue" the cats and find them all homes is utopian and unattainable given their numbers and the futility of trying to socialize most of them.
TNR is a movement that will continue to grow as more and more caring people see its potential and, in time, it will become the predominant method of feral cat management.