Trap, Neuter, Return Program:
Caring for and eliminating reproduction in feral cat colonies
Washoe County and Carson City are home to tens of thousands of feral cats, most living in colonies. The NHS Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) Program helps to create awareness about living harmoniously with feral cats and the benefits of TNR – the only effective and humane way to manage feral and outdoor cat populations – as well as facilitating TNR itself.
In 2018 alone, NHS helped over 2000 cats in Washoe County and Carson City by getting them spayed/neutered, vaccinating them, and giving them any other medical care they might need. Without resources like our TNR Program, it is unlikely that these cats would receive care, and in many communities across the US they would have instead been put to death the moment they entered the shelter.
By working with countless caretakers, volunteers, and rural organizations, NHS works to improve the lives of cats, improve their relationships with the communities in which they live, and diminish free-roaming cat populations.
We are in the process of moving to a new and more effective method of trapping to ensure that we are not only improving the lives of cats, but effectively stabilizing the population so that it can decrease over time. In order to help us do this, we encourage anyone who is caring for or feeding outdoor cats to register their colony at www.catstats.org/washoe or www.catstats.org/carson. Registration is free, CONFIDENTIAL, and ensures that your colony remains on our radar for future trapping efforts. Through these webpages you can also find information on Trap Rentals and our Free TNR Clinic.
Through our Barn Cat Adoption Program, we give feral cats with no other options the second chance they deserve. For more information on our Barn Cat Adoption Program, click here.
For more information on our Trap, Neuter, Return Program, call 775-856-2000 ext. 337 or email communitycats@nevadahumanesociety. You can learn more about feral cats, TNR, and cat advocacy from Alley Cat Allies and watch an introductory video here.
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