Our monitored TNR program is the humane, effective approach at helping community (feral) cats. Community cats, are considered to be an offspring of domesticated cats that no longer live with humans. These cats are often members of colonies that reside in one area. These cats have not been socialized with humans in their developmental stage of life and are not adoptable.
These cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, ear tipped and returned back to their familiar colony to live out the remainder of their lives. An Ear tip is the preferred method used to identify spayed or neutered and vaccinated feral cats. Because it is difficult to get close to feral cats, the identification must be visible from a distance.
Remember, there is a difference between and stray cat and a feral cat. A stray cat is a cat who has been socialized to people at some point in her life, but has left or lost her domestic home, as well as most human contact and dependence. A feral cat is a cat who has either never had any contact with humans or her contact with humans has diminished over time. She is fearful of people and survives on her own outdoors. A feral cat is not likely to ever become a lap cat or enjoy living indoors. Please read more about their differences by reading this article by Alley Cat Allies.