What is Trap-Neuter-Return?

The plight of feral cats has captured the hearts of animal lovers for many years, but only recently has a non-lethal option for their care become available. 

Called a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program, this humane alternative involves spaying and neutering feral cats, then returning them to their colonies where they are looked after and fed by caretakers (An estimated 12% of families in the US take on this role). 

This solution successfully decreases the population, reduces birth rates and improves the overall health of the colony.

 Performed at a large scale, the success of such programs is felt at animal shelters where fewer cats are admitted for euthanasia.