CNR - Catch-Neuter-Return

“They live in the shadows—the alleyways, empty lots and condemned buildings—of almost every neighborhood. Their lives are short and usually harsh. They struggle to find food and water in an environment filled with the constant threats of disease, starvation, cruelty and predation. They are the abandoned, the lost and the wild—and they need our help.” Source: ASPCA

What Is Catch-Neuter-Return (CNR)? 

CNR is the method of humanely trapping feral cats, having them spayed or neutered and vaccinated, and then returning them to their colony to live out their lives. CNR also involves a colony caretaker who provides food and adequate shelter and monitors the cats' health. CNR has been shown to be the least costly, as well as the most efficient and humane way of stabilizing feral cat populations. Source: ASPCA website :

Catch-Neuter-Return (CNR), also known as Trap-Test-Vaccinate-Alter-Release (TTVAR) is a method of humanely trapping unaltered feral cats, spaying or neutering them, and releasing them back to the same location where they were collected. CNR is promoted by the ASPCA as a humane and more effective alternative to euthanasia for managing and reducing feral cat populations as per APSCA NYCFCI feral cat sterilization guidelines. This procedure has been proven to work by stopping the birth of new cats in the colony and letting the colony members live out their lifespan, approx 6yrs for outdoor cats, with their own group. Generally a colony will have no more than twelve adult cats at any one time. If there are more than that number the colony will discourage newcomers and some of the current members may look for other food sources, neighboring houses etc. that have food to offer. Feral cats have many advantages as pest control for people that own acreage and/or have a farm environment. Feral cats are generally excellent hunters yet large part of the feral cats diet is actually insects. Opponents claim that the procedure has negative impacts on wildlife and contend that the program poses health risks to local communities when not properly maintained. Source:

PAWS aligns with the HSI (Humane Society International) in endorsing Catch-Neuter-Return (CNR) as the only proven humane and effective method to manage feral cat colonies. The above websites provides background on CNR, online and print resources. PAWS also envisions CNR projects in Mauritius for stray dogs in appropriate environments.

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