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What is the Trap-Neuter-Return Program?

In order to humanely decrease the stray cat populations, Grand Prairie Animal Services and volunteers coordinate a free community cat fix program called "Trap-Neuter-Return" (TNR).

The TNR program involves (1) trapping all or most of the cats in a colony, (2) getting them sterilized and (3) releasing them. Cats returned to the community are tipped on the left ear to identify them as sterilized.

How does Trap-Neuter-Return help the community?

Once fixed, these cats will be better neighbors. They will not be as likely to engage in problem behaviors like yowling, fighting, or spraying. Best of all, they will not be reproducing and increasing the number of homeless cats.

An intact community cat that is brought into the shelter to participate in the TNR Program is, at times, an indicator of a larger unaltered population. This acts as a flag for Animal Services staff to provide additional follow-up and support in the areas of our community that need it most.

TNR is supported by numerous cities and counties as the only proven way to effectively control feral cat population growth. 

What can I do to help?

Be a community cat advocate!

Residents are encouraged to bring in Grand Prairie community cats for free spay/neuter. For owned cats, low cost programs, such as Spay Neuter Network and Texas Coalition for Animal Protection provide transportation services from the Prairie Paws Adoption Center.

Volunteer with Grand Prairie Cat Crew

Grand Prairie Cat Crew is the non-profit organization that partners with our shelter to promote positive relationships between citizens and the community cat population. GPCC is completely volunteer run and is always in need of dedicated volunteers to help in this work. Go to their website at to find out more!

Spay/Neuter Domestic Cats
Volunteer or Donate
Foster Kittens

Stray Cat Eating Food

What should I do if I find a cat wandering my neighborhood?

I found a stray cat
I found an ear-tipped cat
I found kittens