Community Cat Program
Trap Neuter Return (TNR)
The Laramie Peak Humane Society is committed to the welfare of all animals in our community, even those without a home. LPHS continues to lower the number of homeless and unaltered outdoor cats in our community through our Trap Neuter and Return program commonly known as the Community Cat Program.
LPHS humanely traps, alters, vaccinates, and returns feral cats to their original location. By assuring the health and return of these colonized and altered cats, we create a population of Community Cats that act as a natural pest control while preventing the dreaded vacuum effect. Other methods including relocation are ineffective as they create a space for sick and unaltered cats to populate, this vacancy and repopulation is referred to as the vacuum effect.
Please contact us if you are providing food to outdoor cats. We're happy to perform a TNR in your neighborhood. The more we know about where the cats eat and spend their time, the more successful we’ll be.
What is Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)?
Trap-Neuter-Return is the humane and effective approach for stray and feral cats. Now in practice for decades in the US after being proven in Europe, scientific studies show that Trap-Neuter-Return improves the lives of feral cats, improves their relationships with the people who live near them, and decreases the size of colonies over time.
Trap-Neuter-Return is successfully practiced in hundreds of communities and in every landscape and setting. It is exactly what it sounds like: Cats are humanely trapped and taken to a veterinarian to be neutered and vaccinated. After recovery, the cats are returned to their home—their colony—outdoors. Kittens and cats who are friendly and socialized to people may be adopted into homes.
Grounded in science, TNR stops the breeding cycle of cats and therefore improves their lives while preventing reproduction. It is a fact that the removal and killing of outdoor cats that animal control has been pursuing for decades is never ending and futile. Since feral cats are not adoptable, they are killed in pounds and shelters. With a successful program like Trap-Neuter-Return to turn to, it’s hard to believe that animal control agencies continue to kill cats, even though that approach has shown zero results.
It is time to put an end to catch and kill. Trap-Neuter-Return provides a life-saving, effective solution for these beautiful, independent cats.
Reasons to embrace and promote TNR:
- Stabilizes feral cat colonies
- Improves cats' lives
- Answers the needs of the community
- Protects cats' lives
- Works—other methods just don't
Attempts to permanently remove cats from an area always fail because of a natural and scientifically-documented phenomenon known as the vacuum effect. In basic terms, whenever cats are removed, new cats move in, or the surviving cats left behind, breed to capacity. Learn more about the science behind the vacuum effect.
As a result of the vacuum effect, other approaches to feral cats are not only cruel and pointless, they are also completely ineffective at stabilizing the cat population. These methods include:
For more information: please visit the Alley Cat Allies website.
Alley Cat Allies. (2016, 01 01). Why Trap-Neuter-Return Feral Cats: The Case for TNR . Retrieved 06 21, 2016, from alleycat.org: http://www.alleycat.org/casefortnr