Laws authorizing Trap-Neuter-Return
The model ordinances provided here are meant to address situations where TNR is currently illegal and the governing body of a jurisdiction will not allow its practice without there being in place a fairly rigorous system of regulation and oversight. In jurisdictions where there are no legal obstacles to TNR, an ordinance may be unnecessary and potentially even detrimental. Before deciding whether to pursue legislation, please read our article, Legalizing Trap-Neuter-Return: Advantages and Disadvantages of Three Types of TNR Ordinances.
After an ordinance is enacted, it's important to realize it may eventually outgrow its usefulness. In only the past few years, new programs on community cat management have developed which operate on an unprecedented scale. These programs both save lives and prevent births, bringing us closer to the day when feral and stray cat overpopulation is a thing of the past.
If an ordinance blocks the implementation of these programs or if TNR has become a widely accepted practice and by and large is being done responsibly, then what made sense as a regulatory framework earlier may no longer be necessary or appropriate. Like everything, laws must evolve as circumstances change.
Neighborhood Cats Model TNR Ordinances (click here)
Articles on TNR Ordinances
Legalizing Trap-Neuter-Return: Advantages and Disadvantages of Three Types of TNR Ordinances
Impact of Freedom of Information Acts on Trap-Neuter-Return Ordinances
Ordinances Listed by State
San Mateo County
Santa Cruz County
Palm Beach County
Cook County (Chicago)
Marion County (Indianapolis)
*Regulations by Commissioner of Health (pdf)
Point Pleasant Beach
New York City
Greer, SC - Note: this ordinance authorizes TNR as an exemption to its pet limit rules.
Salt Lake County (Salt Lake City)
Isle of Wight County