starTrap Neuter Return (TNR)

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Are you feeding stray cats?

We offer a free spay/neuter service for stray, feral, or free-roaming cats in our service area. Left un-fixed, free roaming cats quickly grown out of control.


starWhat is TNR

Trap, Neuter, Return is the only proven method of controlling feral cat populations where cats are humanely trapped, spayed/neutered, vaccinated and returned.

TNR is the only proven, effective, and humane way to control the cat population.


starWhy do it?

Removing cats from an area by killing or relocating them is not only cruel, it's pointless. Scientific research from animal control prove that catch and kill doesn't clear an area of cats. Each time a cat is removed, a new one will appear, or a kitten will survive through a natural phenomenon known as the "vacuum effect". This creates an endless cycle of trapping and killing.

TNR is the only proven, effective, and humane way to control the cat population. Neutered cats are returned to live out their natural lives. The breeding cycle stops - no more fighting, spraying, yowling, roaming, and producing. The cat population stabilizes and declines over time, reducing the surplus of cats to the shelter and lowering euthanasia rates.


Image of a cat in a humane trap

Image of a cat in a humane trap

Image of a cat staring off in to space

starHow it Works

  • Make an appointment by calling 512-943-3322 or send us an email at [email protected].  Cats must come from the jurisdictions we serve.  Space is limited and there may be a wait for an appointment.
  • Bring the cat into the shelter in the morning.
  • Pick it up in the afternoon
  • Release the cat back where it was trapped.
  • Congratulations! You contributed to help control the cat population and lower shelter intake and euthanasia rates!

starTips on Trapping

  • Line the bottom of the trap with newspaper, cardboard, or towel
  • Do not leave unattended for protection of the cat.
  • Remove cat to a safe place once trapped. Consider placing food bowl inside a slightly larger bowl of water to discourage ants.
  • Cover trap with sheet or towel for cats protection. Do not bring wild cats without a cover.
  • Never move trapped cats in an enclosed trunk or bed of a pickup truck. If you have a transport it in the back of a truck make sure it is secure and covered properly.
  • Cats will be returned to the trap after surgery and should be kept in a safe place one night after surgery to regain its functions.
  • Provide food and water as soon as you get home with the cat. Release cat only into its home territory or follow relocation guidelines.
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