Trap, Neuter, and Return (TNR) is a humane alternative that helps manage and reduce the numbers of feral/wild cats. LCAS offers the free use of live traps (they require a $50 cash refundable deposit) and will spay and neuter these cats for you at an affordable price. All TNR cats will receive an ear tip, which doesn’t harm the cat and is much safer for the cat than being handled a second or third time to see if it is “fixed.” An ear tip is a universal symbol and it lets a Veterinarian or shelter know that there is no reason to handle the cat as it can’t reproduce.
Please make sure that the cats you want to TNR are not house pets. Feral cats are wild animals like a raccoon or opossum and they cannot be picked up or handled without being in danger of being bitten. If the cats in question are friendly and can be easily handled by humans, you can bring them to the Shelter where they may be put up for adoption.
LCAS cannot take in feral/wild cats because they are not adoptable and they are dangerous to our staff. Unfortunately, feral/wild cats that are surrendered to the shelter will be euthanized for a $20 fee. TNR offers another option to reduce the population of feral cats, while letting them live out their natural lifespan.
How TNR Works
We don't have the resources to come out and trap cats for you, but you can rent traps from us, which require a $50 cash refundable deposit.
If the cats in question involve your neighbors, we recommend that you discuss TNR and its long term benefits before you begin.
The TNR Process
We do TNR surgeries on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You must call the Shelter for an appointment. You will want to trap the cat the night before or early in the morning and drop them off at the Shelter in the morning before 9 a.m. They will be spayed/neutered, ear-tipped, and given a rabies vaccine. They can be picked up in the afternoon, before we close at 5 p.m. It is best if you can hold them in a garage or barn for the evening to make sure they are alert before releasing them to their colony. *TNR cats are required to arrive in a live trap.
The cost of TNR service is $25 per cat. The cost includes:
- Rabies vaccine (cats can carry rabies)
- Ear-tipping (see image top, right). This is required.
You do not need to be a low income household to qualify for this service.