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What is TNR and why is it so important? 

TNR programs have been shown to be effective in stabilizing or reducing free-roaming cat populations over time. By neutering cats, the program helps to control their breeding and prevent the birth of more cats. Additionally, TNR reduces the number of nuisance behaviors associated with unaltered cats, such as spraying, fighting, and yowling, which can lead to complaints from the public.

TNR also has benefits for the cats themselves. Neutered cats tend to have longer and healthier lives than their unaltered counterparts, as they are less likely to engage in risky behaviors such as fighting and roaming. Additionally, TNR programs typically include vaccination and medical treatment for cats, which can improve their overall health and reduce the spread of diseases.


Community cats, also known as feral cats, are born and raised in the wild, or have been abandoned or lost and reverted to wild ways in order to survive. Many times abandoned pets join these cats in our communities.

  • Feral cats have been living outdoors alongside humans for more than 10,000 years.

  • While some feral cats tolerate a bit of human contact, most are not socialized to people.

  • Feral cats typically live in groups called colonies and have strong social bonds with their colony members.

  • Feral cats make their home wherever they find shelter and a food source, usually near humans.

  • Feral cats are a domesticated species and, therefore, are protected under the state’s anti-cruelty laws.


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