Free Trap-Neuter-Return Grant

Free Trap-Neuter-Return Grant

Cats altered through the program are tracked by their “tipped” ear, this signifies that they have gone through a TNR program and have been altered. These cats can be released if trapped and continue to live within their community.

Have you noticed the growing cat population in your community and wondered if there was a solution? The traditional approach to the situation was to trap and find homes or euthanize. Over several decades we are still left with the daunting fact that no progress has been made in the community cat population. This leaves shelters with an overwhelming task and no solution in sight…until now. There simply are not enough homes to place these cats and many are not social enough to be placed.

The solution to population control is simple, TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) each community cat and leave them where they are. Removing cats not only causes an influx in the population but it is also more expensive to continuously trap and euthanize than to alter cats and maintain a colony. The grant funds provided by the ASPCA will provide free TNR services to community cats, the key to success will be targeting specific areas one at a time.

The Sheboygan County Humane Society received a grant from the ASPCA to TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) feral cats within targeted areas of the community. Removing cats from an area by killing or relocating them is not only cruel but it’s pointless. Years of research and failed attempts have proven that catch and kill does NOT permanently clear the area of cats. Scientific evidence has proven that the removal of the feral cat population only opens up the habitat for new cats, thus creating the vacuum effect. Each time cats are removed, the population will rebound through a natural phenomenon known as the “vacuum effect,” drawing the community into a costly, endless cycle of trapping and killing. This is why TNR efforts are so important in the facilitation of proper population control. By implementing this process we will not only control the population but save thousands of dollars.

Program Details:

  • This program is designed to keep cats from entering our community’s shelters and control the community cat population humanely and effectively.
  • SCHS is providing FREE TNR services to community cats within the 53081 zip code. 
  • Cats are humanely trapped by community members or volunteers and brought in on spay days that are performed once per month.
  • ONLY for outdoor/unowned cats.
  • Services include: spay/neuter, rabies and distemper vaccine combo, pain medication, dewomer, antibiotic and left ear is tipped for FREE!
  • All cats MUST be re-released and returned to trapped location.
  • All cats must be transported in a live trap which are provided on loan through SCHS.

Interested in helping out?

  • Fill out the registration form to get your community cats on the list.
  • Interested in volunteering on spay days once per month? SCHS needs help with check-in, prep, clean traps, knockdown, prep, instrument cleaning, recovery, Veterinarian & Vet Tech help and transporters.
  • Current program is free but your continued support will help us continue the program after the grant period. Donate today.

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Upcoming spay days 3/11, 4/15, 5/6 & 6/10 (dates subject to change)

Free Trap-Neuter-Return Grant by ASPCA

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