Trap-Neuter-Return-Manage aka

tnrm is the most effective way to manage stray and feral cat populations


Why Trap-Neuter-Return-Manage (TNRM) for feral and other “community” cats who live outdoors?

Trap-Neuter-Return-Manage (TNRM) is the most effective way to manage stray and feral cat populations. TNRM stabilizes a neighborhood’s outdoor cat population very quickly and, over time, reduces the number of cats. When outdoor cats aren’t spayed or neutered, they breed uncontrollably and become nuisances to their human neighbors. Unneutered males fight and spray to mark territory, noisy females in heat attract more males, kittens are constantly born, and many of them die from disease, wild animal attacks, or from being hit by cars.

TNRM is a humane way to take care of cat overpopulation. Cats are captured in humane traps and taken to a veterinarian who spays/neuters and vaccinates them. Each cat’s left ear is also “tipped” under anesthesia, so that when released back to their communities it’s easy to see that the cat has been “fixed.” Food, shelter and veterinary intervention as needed are then provided by caretakers for the rest of their natural lives.

In contrast to TNRM, trapping and removing (or killing) cats does not work, and is inhumane. It only means that more cats will move in to replace them – known as the “vacuum effect.” Also keep in mind that many “community” cats are feral, that is, not socialized to live with humans. When taken to shelters they’re often euthanized because they’re not adoptable.  For cats that are adoptable, Project MEOW asks the community and beyond to provide foster homes to prevent us from releasing friendly, pet cats that have been abandoned outside.  These cats have sometimes been TNRed and released back to a caretaker until we have inside room, or with sufficient foster space we bring these cats indoors immediately.  By using a combination of fostering and releasing cats our mission to humanely reduce stray cat populations works.  Many people are now owned by an ear-tipped Project MEOW-assisted stray turned pet, and many West Philly colony cats are recognized fixtures in their neighborhoods.

More Information

  • Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) works! Read More.
  • TNR stabilizes and reduces cat populations. Read More.
  • TNR’d cats have healthy lives outdoors. Read More.
  • Why “Catch and Kill” doesn’t work. Read More.

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