Books & Videos
- Neighborhood Cats TNR Handbook:
A Guide to Trap-Neuter-Return for the Feral Cat Caretaker
The Neighborhood Cats TNR Handbook is a comprehensive guide to all aspects of feral cat colony management and Trap-Neuter-Return. Among the topics covered: trapping, feeding, winter shelter, neighbor relations, hard-to-catch cats, preparing for spay/neuter surgery, caring for feral cats before and after surgery, basic policy issues and much more. Originally released in 2004, revised and updated in 2013 to include advances in TNR, trapper tips, an all-new resources section, photos contributed by NYC caretakers and other valuable info. Winner of the ASPCA's Special Humane Award in the Cat Writers Association's 2005 Annual Contest (read judge's comments).
The Neighborhood Cats TNR Handbook is available at no charge. It comes in two formats, one for viewing online, another for downloading and printing:
To read on your computer click here (6 MB)
To download and print click here (11 MB) (text, 161 pp.)
You'll need Adobe Reader 10 or later to open the files properly - version 11 can be downloaded for free.
- How to Perform a Mass Trapping (DVD, 32 min)
Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the most humane and effective method for reducing feral cats' numbers over time...and fixing entire colonies at once is the most efficient way to practice TNR. Neighborhood Cats' video How to Perform a Mass Trapping won a Cat Writers Association Muse Medallion for its clear explanation of the steps involved in a successful TNR project. Watch and learn how to make a difference in your community!
How to Perform a Mass Trapping is available for $10 (includes shipping). To order make your check payable to Neighborhood Cats and mail to: Neighborhood Cats, Mass Trapping DVD, 2576 Broadway #555, New York, NY 10025. To pay online by credit card click here, then to confirm your order send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Mass Trapping DVD Order".
To view How to Perform a Mass Trapping online click here.
- Trap-Neuter-Return: Fixing Feral Cat Overpopulation (video, 16 min)
Written and filmed by Bryan Kortis and produced by The Humane Society of the United States, this video presents the consequences of feral cat overpopulation, reviews traditional, failed approaches to feral cat management and discusses the advantages of TNR. Includes a case study of the highly successful TNR effort in Newburyport, MA.
To view Trap-Neuter-Return: Fixing Feral Cat Overpopulation click here.
- Implementing a Community Trap-Neuter-Return Program
Authored by Bryan Kortis of Neighborhood Cats and published by The Humane Society of the United States, the guide focuses on how to run a large-scale TNR program. Topics include community collaborations, dealing with local laws, developing spay/neuter allocation strategies and resources, running a trap bank, liability issues, public outreach and the many other elements involved in building an effective and sustainable community TNR program. Winner of the AKC Companion Animal Recovery Award in the Cat Writers Association's 2007 Annual Contest (read judge's comments).
The guide may be viewed online and printed at no charge via a 2-part pdf:
Text version of the guide is currently unavailable.
- Fairminded Fran and the three small black Community Cats (text, 48 pp.)
It's never too early to teach children that animals matter...that everyone, human and non-human is important and deserves respect. For many children it's their family's own dog, cat, bunny or bird who starts helping them see our fellow creatures as individuals. But how do you explain the value of a feral's life to a child when they can't touch or hug the cat and when kitty doesn't live in a snug house the way they do?
Fairminded Fran and the three small black Community Cats is a book that speaks directly to children about feral cats, why they matter and how to help. Written by Dr. Linda Elder, a noted educational psychologist, it's a valuable tool to introduce empathy for community cats to young minds. Available for $9.95 from The Foundation for Critical Thinking. For info and ordering click here.