What is TNR?
TNR stands for Trap-Neuter-Return. It is both a humane and effective way to sterilize (spay/neuter) cats best suited to an outdoor life. These are cats who generally prefer only the company of other cats and are truly unhappy indoors. TNR consists of humanely trapping the cats, having them fixed and vaccinated, and re-released after recovery. TNR stops the breeding cycle and vastly improves the health and life of our lovely Community Cats. An effective and humane way to indicate which free-roaming cats have already been trapped is via an "ear-tip". This is the universally recognized symbol of a cat who has been spayed/neutered and vaccinated so we know to leave that cat alone. An ear-tip is clean, safe, painless, and happens during TNR surgery. Remember, an ear-tip means, "Leave me alone!"
What are Community Cats?
Community Cats are unowned cats who live outdoors and can be found virtually everywhere. These cats are generally not socialized to people and instead prefer to live with their own kind. Community Cats are quite happy outdoors, skilled at finding food and shelter, generally quite healthy, and have a place in the natural environment. Community Cats deserve care and respect, just like our sweet indoor kitties. Think of them as cats who belong to no one and everyone. We are all responsible for Community Cats. You can help by becoming a caretaker (ask us for advice!). These cats need a warm place to go in the winter, food/fresh water, rescue placement found for any kittens born, and TNR to stop the cycle. This is an amazingly rewarding and enjoyable experience.
What is a Cat Colony?
A cat colony is, simply put, a group of free-roaming cats (like Community Cats) living together. A colony can be located in virtually any outdoor location and is comprised of any number of cats who maintain extremely close relationships with one another. Cats within a colony form tight familial bonds and experience little to no aggression within the colony. Cat colonies are quite successful when they are able to be controlled through TNR and the cats living within them are truly happy. These cats may be feral, which simply means they've had little to no positive interactions with people, or semi-friendly but better suited to colony life for any number of reasons. Again, reach out if you are interested in learning about how to provide for a colony in your area.