Advancing the TNR Movement
Trap-Neuter-Return is still controversial and misunderstood by many, including government officials, ordinary citizens and even some animal welfare practitioners. Making it known quickly and clearly why TNR is the most humane and effective approach to managing free-roaming cat populations is critical for success. The resources here will help you become a better advocate.
Vox Felina by Peter J. Wolf.
Managing Community Cats: A Guide for Municipal Leaders by The Humane Society of the United States (2014) - Endorsed by the International City/County Management Association, this guide is useful for persuading municipal officials that TNR is the best approach for managing community cats. Also available for purchase in print.
Persuading Municipal Officials to Go With TNR - pdf of a powerpoint presentation by Bryan Kortis, Neighborhood Cats.
"What is TNR?" (Chapter 2, Neighborhood Cats TNR Handbook) - An in-depth discussion of the policy issues surrounding TNR, including an analysis of failed alternative methods.
- Position Statements
People, including leaders, often look to widely recognized animal welfare organizations and other respected agencies for guidance on issues unfamiliar to them. You can help your cause by presenting the policy statements listed below and showing TNR has strong mainstream support.
Animal Welfare Organizations
- American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
- The Humane Society of the United States (see section on "Unowned cats")
- American Association of Feline Practitioners
- American Humane Association
- National Animal Control Association (see "Extended Animal Care & Control Concerns - Community Cat Management" on page 28)
Public Health Agencies
- Delaware Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health (Talking points of Rita Landgraf, Secretary of Delaware Health and Social Services and Dr. Karyl Rattay, MD, Director of Division of Public Health at press conference announcing $200,000 grant from PetSmart Charities to Forgotten Cats to perform TNR in sections of Delaware, July 29, 2015.)
- New Jersey Department of Health, Office of Animal Welfare
- New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (The agency's website lists available local TNR resources and states, in part, "Effective TNR programs may be helpful in reducing the size of feral and free roaming cat colonies over time....")
TNR Action Kit by Best Friends Animal Society
Trap-Neuter-Return: Fixing Feral Cat Overpopulation by Neighborhood Cats for The Humane Society of the United States (2007) - This 16 minute video was designed to quickly educate policymakers about the issues surrounding feral cat overpopulation and explain why TNR is the most effective and practical solution.
2012 San Antonio Community Cat Program by Best Friends Animal Society - a 5 minute video describing the large-scale community TNR program implemented in San Antonio, TX.