Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and Feral Cats
Spay and Neuter Resources


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If you are feeding any feral, stray, or abandoned cats, getting them fixed is crucial to improving their quality of life and managing the population. Two unaltered cats and their descendents can theoretically number 420,000 cats in just seven years.

Trap-neuter-return is the recommended approach for spay/neuter of homeless cats that are too timid or feral to be handled. Cats are humanely trapped, altered, eartipped (while under anesthesia, to signify that they are fixed), given a rabies shot, treated for parasites, and are returned to their territory after recovery for ongoing supervision by their caregiver.

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Please call us for guidance 614-570-0471
or contact us by email.

We can provide information such as where to get and how to use humane traps, names of local veterinary offices that spay and neuter feral cats, how to get vouchers for spay/neuter costs, and additional resources for feral/community cat care.

Central Ohio TNR is a Facebook group created by those that are experienced in Trap-Neuter-Return. It is great community for anyone who does TNR in central Ohio, or those who would like to learn about TNR. If you are interested in joining click here to visit the Central Ohio TNR Facebook page.

Want to Learn More About TNR?

Click on the links below for articles and resources on a variety of TNR topics. Including how to care for a feral cat community, developing ordinances and municipal guides, as well as spay and neuter resources

How TNR Works:

  • Best Friends Animal Society – TNR for Stray Cats: Meaning, History, Statistics

  • Caring for Community Cats:

  • Check out these Alley Cat Allies publications:
  • Visit Neighborhood Cats website to learn about feral cats, TNR, and caring for community cats.

  • Cold Weather Tips for Feral and Stray Cats

  • The fall and winter months provide special challenges to our outdoor feline friends. Whether it be freezing temperatures or exposure to chemicals, there are things we can all do to minimize danger.
  • Click here for information and links about winter shelters and care for feral cats, as well as helpful tips we should all remember to keep pets safe during the cold-weather season.

  • Municipal Community Cat Management:

  • Humane Society of the United States – Managing Community Cats: A Guide for Municipal Leaders
  • Alley Cat Allies – How to Draft a Lifesaving Cat Ordinance with Trap-Neuter-Return
  • National Animal Care & Control Association Policy – Animal Control Intake of Free Roaming Cats

  • Additional central Ohio TNR/feral cat spay/neuter programs*:

    *Please note that some of these programs also do routine testing for Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV)
    and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) at the time of the spay/neuter and euthanize when the test is positive. If this is a consideration/concern for you ask about the program's policy when scheduling an appointment. Familiarize yourself on the topic of testing with this Alley Cat Allies article.

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    Overpopulation due to unaltered pets contributes to problems of neglect, abandonment, suffering, and euthanization. Colony Cats facilitates low-cost spay/neuter (and will subsidize at no cost in qualifying circumstances). Please be part of the only solution and fix your pet.

    For more information or if you have questions about spay and neuter, please contact us by email or by phone at 614-570-0471.

    Additional area resources for low-cost spay/neuter of owned pets and/or feral cats:

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