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NOTICE: we will not be taking any new TNR requests until spring. Feel free to submit, but due to cold weather approaching and a backlog of projects to finish we will likely not get to your location until March. (Exceptions would be Kittens or friendly adults.)
Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the humane and effective approach for stray and feral cats. Trap-Neuter-Return is successfully practiced in hundreds of communities and in every landscape and setting. It is exactly what it sounds like: Cats are humanely trapped and taken to a veterinarian to be neutered and vaccinated. After recovery, the cats are returned to their home—their colony—outdoors. Grounded in science, TNR stops the breeding cycle of cats and therefore improves their lives while preventing reproduction. It is a fact that the removal and killing of outdoor cats that animal control has been pursuing for decades is never ending and futile.*
You can read more about TNR in this information sheet provided by Alley Cat Allies.
FURR is proud to be very active in TNR in the Lehigh Valley. In 2019 FURR helped approximately 600 cats through TNR.
If you are in need of TNR in your area please fill out our TNR request form here.
There are a few considerations to think about:
1- Cost. TNR cost at a clinic in this area ranges from $35-$40. This is also our cost so we may ask you to cover this fee. We do not charge anything for our volunteer services. There may be financial assistance for TNR in your area. No Nonsense Neutering in Allentown lists areas with financial coverage. Please check their website. SPAY USA also has grant applications if dealing with a large colony. You can read about the grant here.
2-Returning of the cats. Feral cats are not adoptable and there are no magical places to relocate them to. Therefore cats are returned to their original location unless this location is deemed unusually dangerous.
3-Involvement. While we are primarily based in Easton, we get TNR requests daily from areas that include Easton, Bethlehem, Bangor, Pen Argyl, Allentown and Stroudsburg! At FURR we have approximately 5 TNR volunteers who cover these areas so as you can imagine resources are spread thin. We may ask you to participate by watching traps or bringing trapped cats to the volunteer.