Assistance With Feral Cats

Trap Neuter Return Program

The Scituate Animal Shelter assists the public with trapping, spay/neutering, and returning feral cats through our Trap Neuter Return (TNR) program.

What is Trap-Neuter-Return?

  1. Trap: Humanely trap all of the cats in a colony (a group of cats living outdoors together)
  2. Neuter: Take the cats in their traps to a veterinarian or clinic to be neutered, vaccinated, and “eartipped,” a universal symbol indicating they have been neutered
  3. Return: Return the cats to their original outdoor home

What Makes a Cat Feral?

Feral cats are domestic cats, just like your pet cats.  The difference between feral cats and pet cats is that feral cats have had little or no contact with humans, so they are fearful of humans and usually cannot be socialized or adopted.  Feral cats aren’t meant to live outside alone or in a colony, but when pet cats aren’t spayed or neutered, colonies of feral cats become common.  Helping feral cats depends on controlling their population and ensuring the colony doesn’t continue to grow.

The Scituate Animal Shelter’s TNR program ends unabated reproduction, stabilizes feral cat populations, and improves cats’ lives by ensuring that they get vaccinated and de-wormed so they can live a healthier life.  Behaviors and stresses associated with mating – pregnancy, infected uteri, yowling, and fighting – stop.  Kittens that are young enough to be socialized will have a chance to be adopted and live a happier, safer life in a home.


To join us in the effort to better the lives of feral cats in our communities, donate towards our Trap Neuter Return program by clicking the Donate Now button below!

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