What is a feral cat? A feral cat is one that has had little or no contact with humans and is wild. Feral
cats are usually the offspring of unneutered cats abandoned by their owners, or they are adult cats that
were abandoned so long ago that they have reverted to a wild state. Feral cats are often found in
commercial areas, subsisting on the scraps they find in dumpsters or on the ground. They may also be
near apartment complexes where previous owners abandon them when they move.
What is TNR? TNR stands for Trap, Neuter, and Return. Feral cats must be trapped (humanely, of
course) because they do not trust humans. The cats are then taken to a veterinarian, and they are
spayed or neutered, given vaccinations, and any other critical care. They recover overnight, and then
they are released back into their colony where they are most comfortable.
Why do we trap, neuter, and return? We want all homeless cats to be neutered so that no unwanted
kittens are born. We practice TNR because feral cats are wild and have had little or no contact with
people. They prefer to live with other feral cats in groups, or colonies, rather than with humans.
Why is TNR important? Two feral cats who have not been spayed or neutered can produce around
420,000 kittens in seven years. Unless a caring person takes care of these cats, a staggering number of
them will end up in the Knox County Animal Shelter where they will most likely be euthanized because
they are considered unsuitable for adoption. TNR prevents so many unwanted kittens from being born.
Did you know? Only 1 in 9 cats and dogs born in the U.S. will find a home. The rest will be destroyed
because nobody wants them. Could you choose which animal will live? It’s a choice no one should
have to make. But your local animal shelter makes this decision every day. You can help stop the
killing. Spay or neuter your pet.
We have TNR’d