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TNR & No Kill: The 1-2 Punch That Will End Shelter Killing

Trap-Neuter (or Spay, UNLESS the female is pregnant) -Return (TNR)

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is practiced by all civilized and responsible communities, because TNR works. It has been proven in the field by the EXPERTS, (as opposed to the disproven, ignorant diatribes spewed by the cat haters who do not have a clue about TNR, much less understanding how well it works and that it is based on good ole’ fashioned common sense, and hard science.) These same cat haters, who hypocritically call for the deaths of living souls (Cats) who are equally as precious and deserving of life as the rest of us, arent interested in the facts, because they have an agenda, and no matter how fictional it is and no matter how disproven it is, they cling to their mythical agenda in blissful ignorance because they wish to see cats dead, rather than alive. These same hypocrites fail to mention that there are over 7 billion human animals walking this Earth, destroying everyone and everything in their paths (next target: feral cats), and yet nobody calls for OUR eradication…..funny how things change when YOU are the one targeted for death. We have no problem saying “Kill, kill kill kill” like a bunch of uncivilized cavemen/women, yet if someone wanted to kill US, our song would change to “Save us, save us, save us, save us”. So I decided that, for those who care about the facts, that I’d share them with you. Calling for the deaths of precious souls..cats, is wrong. No amount of verbal anti-cat spewage can ever make it right.

With that in mind, here are the facts about TNR (Trap, Neuter (or spay) and Return):

TNR is a process where caregivers who are feeding feral cats trap them in humane traps. They then take them to a spay/neuter program, or to a nearby Vet who they are familiar with and after recovery, return the cats to where they are feeding them. Adoptable cats and kittens are placed in homes whenever possible. Just because you see a cat outside doesn’t mean that they are feral…they could be PETS, and killing someone’s pet is a CRIME….morally and legally. Furthermore, pets should not be targeted for death, because their OWNERS let them outside, anymore so than a 4 year old kid should be killed for roaming around the neighborhood because their deadbeat parents werent watching them.

A life is a life. A soul is a soul. Our human animal ignorance and arrogance notwithstanding.

TNR works for many reasons:

Information on how well TNR works is readily available to anyone who wishes to look for it.

The Stanford University Cat Network reduced its feral population from 1000-1500 cats to 300 over a ten-year period. The Southern Animal Foundation in Louisiana reduced one New Orleans population from 500 to 65 over three years, through TNR and adoptions. Astonishing numbers of kittens have not been born due to these efforts. In fact TNR has worked EVERYWHERE, that has given it a fair chance to work.

TNR is the compassionate approach/solution to reducing the feral and stray cat populations. TNR teaches compassion and responsible cat care. While TNR actually reduces the number of cats breeding, it also opens the door to educating people about the importance of spaying and neutering, and the plight of feral and stray cats. Trapping and killing teaches young and old that it is okay to create unwanted offspring and then kill the surplus – leaving no room for education or compassion for life.

Trapping and killing does not solve the problem. Trapping and killing has been practiced for many years and the verdict is in: IT DOES NOT WORK.

For all the years this inhumane, careless, and heartless killing was practiced, the cat population continued to explode.

There are MORE feral and stray cats where the communities kill them, and LESS feral and stray cats where the communities TNR them. Do the math.

In uncivilized, cruel communities where cats are killed, new cats replace those cats removed. Cats tend to congregate around a food source. When cats are trapped and removed from an area, new cats move in to take advantage of the food source. Alley Cat Allies, the feral cat EXPERTS, call this phenomenon “the vacuum effect.”

Did I mention that killing cats costs taxpayers MORE money than TNR’ing the cats? Yes, indeed, trap and kill is more expensive than TNR. Trapping and killing cats is a tax payer burden. It costs on average $75 to $100 for an animal control agency to trap, house, kill, and dispose of one cat. It costs a TNR program $25 to spay or neuter one cat. Yet again, do the math and tell me what you come up with.

Caregivers will not allow these innocent cats to be cruelly killed. Thousands of kind people feed and care for feral and stray cats. Most will not allow the cats they feed to be trapped and killed, but welcome the opportunity to have the cats trapped, neutered and returned. If their only choice is to have the cats killed, they will opt to do nothing and the cats will breed – adding to the overpopulation problem.

Society does not support trapping and killing. When communities have tried to implement mass trapping and killing efforts, the community outcry has stopped the effort.

TNR helps reduce the number of cats euthanized at shelters. When fewer kittens are born to feral and stray cats, fewer cats and kittens enter shelters. This means fewer are killed because there aren’t enough homes for all the cats who need them, and fewer are deemed unadoptable because they are wild (untamed). Fewer cats competing for adoptive homes means more find a home and fewer are therefore euthanized.

TNR works. Killing is wrong. TNR prevents killing and reduces the feral/stray cat populations. For the third time, do the math.

For more info on TNR, go to the experts, Alley Cat Allies.

Visit them online at:

For those of you with compassion for lives other than your own, please also visit this site, to learn how to save even more, beautiful, precious lives :

I hope that you have been enlightened by these facts and that you be will compassionate, civilized, and economically smart enough to demand that YOUR city implement a city-wide TNR Program and give it a chance….you’ll see for yourselves…that it works.

—————————Our Pets are being murdered by the millions every year, in poor excuses for animal “shelters”. There ARE life saving alternatives (see below), but kill “shelter” operators are used to the status quo of killing pets, rather than saving them. YOU can help change that, by checking out the links below, and then demanding that your local “shelter” officials, Mayor, City Council Members, Representatives etc. actively fight to stop this disgusting massacre of our four legged family members. Please check out the following links. Thank you—————————————

No Kill Resources Library (All You Need To Know And Do):

How To Stop The Killing:

No Kill Benefits the Economy:

Ask your City Council to protect pets by making the Companion Animal Protection Act (CAPA) the Law:

More No Kill Info: