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TNR Program

TNR Program

The Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) program, administered by NECCOG, was established in 2015 to address the growing feral cat populations in northeastern Connecticut. TNR programs have been established across the world and the TNR concept is endorsed by animal care groups, such as the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), because of its proven effectiveness.

If cat populations have a colony, it needs to get approval from the town first selectman in order to proceed. TNR is only for towns covered by Neccog.

The TNR Process Involves:

Identifying and studying feral cat colonies
Providing a regular feeding pattern
Trapping the feral cats
Spaying or neutering the trapped cats                   Ear Tipping to mark for TNR
Administering rabies vaccines and parasite treatments                                                                 Cats are returned back to the location where they were originally trapped



TNR Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why don't other methods of colony control work?
A: Relocation and euthanasia of feral cat colonies does not work because of the “vacuum effect”. Due to the vacuum effect, surrounding feral cats will begin to encroach on an area when its colony is removed, taking advantage of the area’s food source and shelter. This causes a constant cycle of cats being removed from, and entering, colony areas. When spayed/neutered cats are returned to a colony area, they are able to guard the territory against new cats.
Q: What are the benefits of TNR?

A: The benefits of TNR include:
Reduced feral cat population through sterilization
Reduction of nuisances related to fighting, roaming, noise, and odors
Improved welfare of feral cats
Rodent control
Decreased shelter intakes and euthanasia rates
Decreased conflicts with environment and native wildlife
Protection of public health from rabies
Reduced risk of infection through population stabilization-increased heard immunity

Q: How can I get a cat colony Trapped, Neutered, and Released?

A: NECCOG conducts this service at the request of each participating town. Please contact us for further information on how to proceed.