Trap-Neuter-Return, more commonly called TNR, is one of the only proven effective ways to humanely address cat overpopulation. TNR occurs when an organization such as the Humane Society of Greater Dayton sets traps in the community to catch unowned, community cats to spay or neuter them.
How it Works
- Trap – Unowned cats are humanely trapped in the community. This can occur by individuals or through organizations such as the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. Records are kept as to where each animal was trapped to ensure it is placed back in the proper location. Unowned, unidentified stray or feral cats are accepted into the program by city residents, city employees, or volunteers. However, you must schedule an appointment in advance for the surgery by calling (937) 268-PETS (7387).
- Neuter (Spay) – The unowned community cats are brought to our facility. Our veterinary team examines each cat for identification, health, age, and claw status prior to surgery. The community cats are then spayed (for female cats) or neutered (for male cats). This stops them from being able to reproduce. We vaccinate (rabies), treat for fleas, spay or neuter, and ear tip each cat. An ear tip is when the ¼-inch tip is removed from the cat’s left ear during surgery. Ear tipping is a universal sign of a community cat that has been spayed or neutered. By ear tipping a cat, it helps others identify this animal in the community, and if it ever gets trapped again, it can be released immediately.
- Return – Community or free-roaming cats who are healthy and have a clear food source will be returned to the location where they were caught. We look at many factors to ensure each cat is healthy before placing it back out into the community, including:
- They have claws.
- They are not kittens.
- They are not injured or sick.
- They are not senior cats who may struggle to survive.
- They are healthy and have a body mass, indicating that they have a regular food source.
Friendly, healthy cats and kittens may be eligible for our adoption program if space allows. We DO NOT euthanize stray, healthy, unidentified cats when our adoption program is full.
What is Offered in Your Community
To battle cat overpopulation, it is going to take all of us working together. We currently work with the majority of cities in our area to offer residents some sort of TNR program.
You can contact us to see what is available for where you live or contact your city officials. If we do not have an agreement with your particular city or township, we encourage you to speak with your city officials to encourage them to look more into a partnership with our organization.
How Can You Rent a Trap?
For the safety of those trapping as well as the safety of our staff and the animals, we require all cats be brought to us using a live humane trap.
We offer trap rentals at our main shelter. To rent a trap just costs $1 per day. There is a deposit of $75 when you rent the trap, but that will be given back to you once the trap is returned. If you are interested in trapping community cats, we encourage you to take our Cat Trapper Training. With the completion of this free course, we waive your cat trapper deposit fees.
Schedule an Appointment
For availability and pricing, please contact us at (937) 268-PETS (7387) or click below to fill out an inquiry form. We will have someone reach out to you will additional information.
Cat Trapper Training
Do you have a passion for cats and want to help battle cat overpopulation? Join the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, a no-kill animal welfare agency, as we teach community members the basics of Trap-Neuter-Return. The class is free and open to the public. In this class, you will learn:
Why TNR is important to battle cat overpopulation.
How to properly set up a humane trap.
Personal as well as animal safety tips.
Tricks to catch those hard-to-get cats.
Upon completion of this class, participants will receive a starter kit, as well as a Cat Trapper Training Program membership card, which allows the individual to rent traps from the Humane Society of Greater Dayton for free.
Barn Cat Program
Despite the name, barn cats can help in many other places than just barns. Through the Barn Cat Program, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton works with individuals and companies to place unsocialized cats into non-traditional homes. These cats are mostly feral or semi-feral and do not do well in a home environment, but they are still wonderful and healthy cats. Some places that can benefit from a barn cat include:
Nurseries or greenhouses.
They can benefit your facility by providing you with environmentally-friendly rodent control. All they ask in return from you is daily food, water, and a safe shelter away from the elements or other wildlife.
The Responsibility of the Owner
If you choose to adopt a barn cat from us, you would be responsible for providing them with daily food, clean water, proper shelter, and veterinary care if needed. All of our barn cats are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and ear-tipped prior to being placed in your new location.
The staff and volunteers at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton are happy to work with you to provide guidance to make the brief transition from our shelter to your location a success. If you like more information on welcoming a barn cat into your facility, please contact us.