Trap-Neuter-Return is the humane approach to feral-neighborhood cat control and a proven method in reducing the number of homeless cats, and reduces the euthanasia of feral cats in local shelters.
TNR includes humanely trapping the cats; bringing them to a vet clinic or a low-cost spay/neuter clinic for spay/neuter, vaccinations, and ear-notching; and then returning them to where they are living, continuing to feed them, and keeping an eye on their health and well-being.
A feral-neighborhood cat is an under-socialized, domestic cat who has been born outside or has been outside long enough that he/she distrust humans. Because of their deep seated fear of humans, these cats are not candidates for an adoption program. These cats can live long and healthy lives outdoors but need support from dedicated caregivers for spay/neuter, food and winter housing.
Below are site links for more comprehensive TNR information and educational materials. Educating the public is crucial to debunking the long-held belief that widespread euthanasia of feral cats is a solution. If you would like to be involved in local TNR efforts, email us and follow us on Facebook for announcements of upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities.
Spay/Neuter Services for Feral Cats
Let us help you stop the cycle of feral cat overpopulation at HSOG’s onsite Low-Cost Spay Neuter Clinic!
Special priced spay/neuter services are available for feral and outdoor only community cats once monthly for $35 per cat. Each cat will be spayed/neutered, vaccinated against rabies, and receive a mandatory ear tip. Call 864-223-2498 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for dates and details.
Please bring all feral cats in separate covered traps, one cat per trap. If two cats are trapped together in one trap, do not attempt to separate. Friendly outdoor community cats must be in separate carriers. Semi-feral or feral cats should be brought in humane traps.
Cash payment due at check in.
Check In: 7:15 am
Check Out: 4:30pm*
* If you do not have a temperature controlled environment to house the cat as it recovers in the trap, you may pick up the next morning. Please let us know during check-in that you will need next day pick up.
Humane Live Release Traps
Live release traps are available for TNR use for a refundable* cash deposit of $50 each. Up to two traps can be borrowed for one week at a time. Please visit the Spay/Neuter Clinic at 241 Wilbanks Circle, Greenwood, SC, Monday through Thursday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, and on Fridays, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm, for trap pick up and instructions.
* Traps must be returned in the same condition as they were borrowed.
(Excerpt) “If we keep ‘em in a cage, at least they’ll be safe.” This
has been the reasoning of numerous well-meaning cat
rescuers in the past. Surely the operative words here are “at
least” for we would have to admit that, for an animal or a
young child or any of us, a lot more than safety is required
if anything resembling a normal, healthy life is our goal.
Happily, there is a better way, a veritable win-win situation.
For feral cats, TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) is the answer.
Introduction to Feral Cats
Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is a strategy for improving the lives of feral cats and reducing their numbers.