What is TNR?
TNR is a comprehensive, ongoing program in which stray, community, and feral cats living outdoors are humanely trapped, evaluated, vaccinated, and sterilized by veterinarians.
TNR works because it breaks the reproduction cycle and advances the goal of reducing the numbers of feral and community cats in the environment. Studies have proven that TNR is the single most successful method of stabilizing and maintaining healthy feral cat colonies. It is more effective and less costly than repeated attempts at extermination.
Friends of Felines believes that euthanizing healthy animals is not an option and, if eradication programs really worked, we would not be faced with so many free-roaming cats and their offspring at shelters. Cats are territorial. They don’t allow other cats into their territory to steal their food. Altered cats will stand their ground and guard their food source, and will not have kittens. Remove the cat(s) from the habitat without changing the habitat and another cat will move in, and the breeding process will start all over again creating a population surge. This is known as the ‘vacuum effect’.