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TNR Information

Support TNR in your neighborhood. If you see a community cat or kitten that needs help come to one of our workshops to learn how you can help. If they are not ear tipped, they still need to be fixed!

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the cornerstone of colony management and the only successful long-term strategy for humanely controlling the population of feral or community cats. A sterilized colony of community cats will stabilize and eventually decline in numbers. A sterilized colony will act to keep new, unsterilized cats away from their colony.

To reduce the amount of community cats in a neighborhood, the solution is to maintain a neutered, managed colony. Trap-and-kill programs do not work. Because of the territorial nature of community cats, when all the resident cats are removed from an area a “vacuum” is created, and un-neutered cats from nearby neighborhoods will move into this new unclaimed territory. The Loudoun Community Cat Coalition endorses the use of TNR to control the population of community cats in their jurisdictions. 

When the Coalition gets a TNR request we will work with the caretaker and our partner organizations to:

  • Set up a Trapping plan to get all cats spayed & neutered.
  • Alter the cats through one of our TNR programs.
  • Identify that there is a caretaker, and Identify the cat through the use of microchips. This will allow the cats to be returned to their home if they end up at the shelter and to ensure their rabies vaccinations are up to date.
  • We will offer workshops and classes to help caretakers learn how to better care for and Manage their colony of cats.

We will also:

  • Assess the situation.
  • Make sure the environment is safe for the cats.
  • Ensure there is a capable caretaker in place.
  • Assess the health of all the cats. Do any look sick or injured?
  • Work to get help for the cats if they are in immediate danger.
  • Work with our partner rescue organizations to do intake on any kittens

       that are young enough to be socialized and adopted.

T.A.I.M. -- T-Trap, A-Alter, I-Identify, & M-Manage

The Community Cat Coalition has started a new initiative called T.A.I.M.

Why did we come up with  T.A.I.M. ?

We know that TNR works and we want to take it one step further in order to ensure the health & safety of the cats and our community.

For more information about TNR visit Alley Cat Allies at www.alleycat.org.