What is TNVR?
Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate, Return, better known as TNVR, is a humane, comprehensive strategy for improving the lives of community cats and reducing their numbers. TNR is more effective and less costly than repeated attempts at extermination – costs for repeatedly trapping and killing cat colonies are far higher than promoting stable non-breeding colonies in the same location. Vacated areas are soon filled by other cats that start the breeding process over again. With TNVR, community cats are spayed/neutered, vaccinated against rabies and surgically ear tipped on one ear (the universally recognized sign of a cat who has been TNVR’ed).
Once TNVR’ed the cats are released where they were trapped to the care of dedicated, responsible caretakers who feed and provide shelter for them. Their health is monitored and newcomers are removed for TNVR or adoption if tame. This method has been proven over the last 30 years to be an effective alternative to euthanasia and a benefit to the community.
Spaying and neutering a community cat will get rid of most nuisance behaviors, such as spraying, and the ‘fighting’ and “yowling” associated with mating.