TNR Program (trap, neuter, return)


The TNR program aims to reduce the number of community cats in the area. Community cats are trapped, transported to the nearest veterinarian for surgery, and returned to their community.  The vet also administers the rabies vaccine, and while under sedation the cat’s left 

ear is “tipped” to identify those who have been fixed. Since the beginning of 2014, our members conducted TNR on over 300 cats.  Best Friends/No More Homeless Pets, a nationally recognized animal rescue based in Utah, provides generous support for this program.


By John Benson

As a volunteer with Color Country Animal Welfare (CCAW), I’m often asked about our Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) program, so I’d like to share with everyone how this valuable program works.

The process begins with a phone call from someone who needs help getting his or her cat fixed. If the cat is feral, a TNR volunteer brings a trap to the cat caregiver and explains how to train the cat to eat in the trap. This training eventually leads to the capture of the cat for a TNR appointment.

On the morning of the appointment, volunteers pick up cats at their homes, or caregivers bring their cats to a designated rendezvous point. Volunteers drive the cats to Dr. Dan Johnson’s office in Richfield for surgery. At the same time, cats are also examined for illnesses or injuries, given medication as needed, and vaccinated. Another volunteer picks up the cats after they have recovered and returns them to their caregivers. In some instances, cats are taken to foster homes for additional care and socialization until new homes are found for them.

A $10 donation from caregivers plus a grant from Best Friends helps defray the $50 - $90 surgery cost for each cat. This service is available to all caregivers in Wayne County if they are unable to afford to spay or neuter their cats. You can recognize any cat that has come through a TNR program by its clipped ear.

Since we’ve started keeping records in 2011, CCAW has spayed and neutered over 750 cats. Much coordination and cooperation between caregivers, volunteers, and our veterinarian make the TNR program successful. Here’s a big thanks to all of you who get the ball rolling by making that call. Together we are making a big difference. For more information about TNR or to get a spay/neuter appointment, call (435) 491-2050.