What is TNR? Trap-Neuter-Return is a widely practiced non-lethal method of humanely controlling community cats. By altering these cats and returning them to their home territory, this program expedites population reduction.
How It Works:
• A citizen may use a Humane Live Trap to capture cats on their property. You can purchase a live trap at just about any local pet supply store or hardware store. WPCAS also leases live traps for a $50 deposit to our city residents which will be refunded to you after you return the trap.
• Once the animal is trapped you can bring him/her in on either Wednesday or Friday morning between 8:30 am – 9 am and we will then spay/neuter the animal, notch the right ear, give the FVRCP vaccine and rabies vaccine. (It is recommended that you call the day before to verify TNR has not been cancelled. We also post notice of cancellation on our Facebook page) Please know that we only accept the first 12 feral cats on these days.
• You will pick the cat up the same day between 3 pm – 3:30 pm. We always recommend leaving the animal in the trap overnight in a climate-controlled environment until he/she is fully awake. Once the cat is fully awake you can release the animal back to his/her natural environment.
Is TNR Effective?
A growing body of research suggests well-managed TNR programs can achieve sustained reductions in stray and feral cat populations. A study in the journal Animals shows that TNR's positive results can be maintained long term.
Why Is TNR Effective? Attempts to permanently remove cats fail because of the ‘vacuum effect’. In basic terms, whenever cats are removed, new cats move in. TNR stabilizes the population humanely, saving taxpayer dollars, addressing concerns, and benefiting the entire community.
Who Else Does TNR?
More than 600 cities and counties now have TNR programs or policies, including almost every major city in the US. Texas House Bill 3660 also identifies the importance of TNR programs stating it is not an offense to release serviced community cats to their home area. The number of TNR participants rise every year because trapping and killing community cats has been proven to be ineffective. Years of failure and common sense make it clear that TNR is the best choice for communities.
Benefits of TNR
• Population Control: Curbs population growth by preventing new cats and expediting reduction.
Healthier Cats: Reduces disease risks, infections, and certain cancers, promoting healthier and happier cats. TNR cats also receive vaccines which lower the risk of infectious diseases creating a safer environment for the public and community cats.
• Behavioral Improvements: Altered cats engage less in yowling, fighting, and spraying, creating a more peaceful environment.
What can I do if I do not want cats on my property?
Cats are resourceful. Remove food, water, and shelter. Use deterrents such as free homemade solutions like spreading citrus peels or using commercial products that use water or ultrasonic sound to deter cats.
How Can I Help?
• Do not leave pet food outside.
• Trap cats on the night before surgery.
• Bring cats in on a scheduled TNR day.
• Try deterrents.
• Educate others about TNR.
• Contribute to TNR organizations by donating or volunteering.
Together we can make a difference. Thank you for caring and taking steps to improve the lives of community cats and our neighborhoods.
For more information on TNR:
Call or Visit Us Online:
• Phone: 817-598-4111
• Website: Weatherfordtx.gov/animals
Free & Low-Cost Surgeries
TCAP (940) 566-5551
• Offers 12 feral cat surgeries on Thursdays and Fridays.
Weatherford Animal Shelter
• Normal TNR days offers 12 feral cat surgeries on Wednesday and Friday each week (unless otherwise posted).
• Whisker Wednesday offers unlimited feral cat surgeries on the last Wednesday of each month (unless otherwise posted).
Click here to learn more about our Whisker Wednesday program