Trap Neuter Return is a process in which feral cats are humanely trapped and sterilized by veterinarians. After recovery, they are released back to the EXACT location in which they were trapped. Not only does TNR put an end to the cycle of breeding, removing cats merely opens up territory for new ones to move in. This is known as the ‘vacuum effect’. Also, feral cats are not adoptable and are routinely destroyed when turned in to shelters. TNR is the most humane and ONLY proven effective long term solution in reducing feral cat populations.
The Pima Animal Care Center’s Community Cat Program
Pima Animal Care Center has recently launched their Community Cat Trap Neuter Return Program after the end of Best Friends’ three year Community Cat Project. As a first point of contact for questions regarding free-roaming neighborhood cats and for humane trap loan, information on participating no cost clinics for spay/neuter of feral and Community Cats and requests for assistance with trapping and transport please email CommunityCats@pima.gov or call 520-724-5269.
Trap Loan Resources
There is no cost to borrow traps, although each organization has a trap loan agreement and requires a per trap deposit that is refunded when the traps are returned.
To borrow humane traps for the purposes of TNR contact the following resources:
- Pima Animal Care Center (520) 724-5269
- Hermitage Cat Shelter: (520) 571-7839
- Pawsitively Cats (520) 289-2747
- The Last Resort (520) 792-9290
- Tucson CARES (520) 990-8912
- Tucson Feral Coalition (520) 256-0443
Other resources for feral cats TNR
Green Valley Paws Patrol for more information call 520- 207-4024