What is the Trap-Neuter-Return Program?
In order to decrease stray and feral cat populations without harming the cats, Grand Prairie Animal Services and volunteers coordinate a free feral cat fix program called "Trap-Neuter-Return" (TNR). The program is funded by a grant from the Petco Foundation.
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 wild 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.
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?
Residents are encouraged to spay or neuter all domestic cats. Low cost programs, such as Spay Neuter Network and Texas Coalition for Animal Protection provide transportation services from the Prairie Paws Adoption Center.
Donating to the program and volunteering on the Grand Prairie Cat Crew are a huge help! Grand Prairie’s TNR program is assisted by volunteers who work with Animal Services staff.
To donate funds or to volunteer for any of the following roles on the Grand Prairie Cat Crew, please call 972-237-8575 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer opportunities include:
- Cat Colony Caretakers - Feed and water daily, keep count of cats in the colony, and ensure all cats are sterilized and have tipped ear.
- Transporters - Pick up feral cats and transport to them to get spayed/neutered.
- Block Walkers - Walk neighborhoods (with others) where there are known feral cat issues and leave Trap-Neuter-Return information for residents.
- Events and outreach volunteers - Help us spread the good word for cats (at various times and places)!
- Foster Kittens - Fostering kittens through the GP Cat Crew program helps socialize feral kittens.
Fostering kittens through the GP Cat Crew program helps socialize feral kittens. Email email@example.com for information.
What should I do if I find a cat wandering my neighborhood?
These cats should never be re-trapped or brought to a shelter, unless sick. Instead, they should be left in their neighborhood to provide cat population control. Studies have shown by just being there, they prevent other cats from moving into the area. And, because they have been fixed, they will never have litters of kittens. Even if you don’t like cats, TNR ear-tipped cats have an important job to do in keeping your neighborhood a nice place to live.