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Books & Guides

Neighborhood Cats TNR Handbook

Neighborhood Cats TNR Handbook: The Guide to Trap-Neuter-Return for the Feral Cat Caretaker, 2d ed (Neighborhood Cats, 2013)

An A to Z guide for caretakers and trappers on all things TNR, including trapping, feeding, winter shelter, neighbor relations, veterinary care and more specialized topics like trapping hard-to-catch cats, what to do with nursing mothers and kittens, and caring for cats in traps. "The hands-on expertise of Neighborhood Cats' staff, as well as the group's involvement with caretakers around the world, makes this the most comprehensive and up-to-the-minute resource for educating caretakers on all aspects of colony management." (Animal Sheltering magazine, Sept/Oct 2013.)  Download your copy for free! 

Community TNR: Tactics and Tools

Community TNR: Tactics and Tools by Bryan Kortis (PetSmart Charities, 2014)

Bryan Kortis, the current National Programs Director for Neighborhood Cats, authored this book after serving as a grants manager for PetSmart Charities and overseeing millions of dollars of TNR grants. "Kortis now offers a blueprint of how to most effectively use TNR and return-to-field programs to reduce cat overpopulation in the shelter and community." (Animal Sheltering magazine, Sept/Oct 2014). Topics include targeted TNR, return-to-field, and grassroots mobilization. Download a copy for free or purchase a print copy from Amazon.

Return-to-Field Handbook

Return-to-Field Handbook (The Humane Society of the United States, 2019)

Return-to-Field programs have transformed shelters across the United States into life-saving agencies for community cats. With Return-to-Field (RTF), healthy community cats are fixed, vaccinated and returned to their original locations. The handbook is a collaboration of the Humane Society of the United States, Neighborhood Cats and Alley Cat Advocates. The how-to guide covers everything from info-gathering at intake, assessing eligibility, staffing, housing, veterinary care, performing returns, and more. Available for free download or purchase a print copy.

Managing Community Cats: A Guide for Municipal Leaders

Managing Community Cats: A Guide for Municipal Leaders  (The Humane Society of the United States, 2020)

Authored by HSUS and endorsed by the International City/County Management Association, this guide explains the policy behind TNR, gives real life examples of success, and helps officials implement nonlethal solutions to conflicts involving community cats. It's a great resource for TNR advocates attempting to persuade municipal leaders, and it's useful for government officials looking to learn more about progressive solutions to cat overpopulation. Download for free at HumanePro.