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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

Community CatSpay/Neuter services are available for feral/community cats once a month for $25 per cat at The Humane Society of Greenwood. Call 864-223-2498 or email clinic@gwdhumanesociety.org for dates and details.

Contact your local veterinary offices for information about their spay/neuter services for feral cats. Animal Allies Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic in Spartanburg provides free transport from the Greenwood County Animal Shelter to their facility and offers feral cat “specials.” Call them at (864) 576-6971 to schedule an appointment. There are other low-cost facilities that can be found online and are in the surrounding areas with you providing the transportation.


Humane Live Release Traps

Live release traps are available for a refundable deposit of $50. They can be borrowed for up to one week at a time. To make arrangements, please email clinic@gwdhumanesociety.org or leave a message at (864) 223-2498.


Revised_TNR_Handbook_Cover_2Download Neighborhood Cats TNR Handbook

(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.

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Introduction to Feral Cats

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is a strategy for improving the lives of feral cats and reducing their numbers.