Animal Experts Speak About Trap-Neuter-Return Of Feral Cats

CatThe estimates of how many stray and feral cats in the US vary greatly. Some say that there are 44 million while some say there are over 80 million feral cats in the US.

Regardless of the estimates, many animal experts agree that Trap-Neuter-Return is the most effective way to control the rising population of feral cats.

Dave DeFuniak, executive director of Tree House Animal Foundation, a cat shelter in Chicago, said, “TNR is the only choice I’ve seen that makes sense. No community has animal control resources to keep up with cat reproduction.”

David Dinger, vice president operations of the Anti Cruelty Society of Chicago added, “Millions of cats are out there. If we do nothing, there will be millions more. Euthanizing as we’ve traditionally done just doesn’t work. I’m optimistic that TNR is a solution not only for outdoor cats but also to limit the numbers of kittens which pour into shelters.”

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5 Responses to “Animal Experts Speak About Trap-Neuter-Return Of Feral Cats”

  1. Lynne says:

    When I moved into my house in 1997 our neighbor came over and introduced herself. We talked for a while then she mentioned the feral cats. She said there were about 2 dozen in the woods and that she had captured, “fixed”, and released all of them. In the 10 years I’ve been here I never have seen a kitten. She puts cat food out for them and has taken several of the oldest inside with her.
    She is one of the best stewards of feral animals that I’ve ever seen.

  2. mittens says:

    cape ann, by the way which was referenced on this forum a few months ago, agreed to keeping the TNR program in place rather than killing the cats. a big victory for the TNR movement here.

    i have 2 born to a feral kittens. theyre the sweetest cats- still a wee bit scared of me but they get along with every cat and are so good natured. i can be in the worst mood and their shy but still friendly ways always make me smile.once they accept you no cat is more loyal.

  3. jesse says:

    I agree, TNR definitely makes a difference!

  4. Cate says:

    I have TNR’d all the cats in my townhouse development (25+). We didn’t have any kittens this year and some of the cats that have been TNR’d were taken into homes.

    I have 4 cats from feral mothers, they were young enough when I got them that they hadn’t become feral and they are beautiful house cats.

    In my experience living here for 22 years I have seen that trapping and killing cats does not work - it only leaves open territory for other cats to move into. The colony I have TNR’d is stable for the most part.

    I hate that there are cats that have to live their lives outside and it truly tears me up to have to put a cat through trapping and neutering but, the alternative is worse. As long ast there are people who dump cats, don’t spay or neuter their cats and let them wander outside there will be a need for TNR.

  5. MaineMom says:

    TNR WORKS! TNR’d 16 cats when we moved to Discovery Bay, CA in ‘99. There have been no kittens since then and two ferals have become confirmed house cats - one is my “good luck” black cat.


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