Tell the World: Veterinarians Stand Behind Trap-Neuter-Return
As veterinarians, we strongly support Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs for feral, or community, cats. As medical professionals with cats’ best interests at heart, we support these programs because they improve cats’ lives. TNR is proven effective; and it’s the right thing to do. We have witnessed its benefits firsthand.
Nationwide, increasing numbers of veterinarians treat feral cats in their practices or work with high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter clinics in recognition of the fact that discontinuing the breeding cycle is the only effective and humane approach to stabilizing feral cat populations.
Thanks to Trap-Neuter-Return, long-established colonies of cats live out their lives—peacefully and healthfully—and the colonies decrease in size over time. In Washington, D.C., a colony of community cats in the Adams Morgan neighborhood was eventually reduced to zero after a TNR program was implemented in 1990. Washington, D.C., along with New York City, San Francisco, and many other cities, has now officially adopted TNR. The number of local governments with policies favoring TNR has increased tenfold in the last decade.
Given this impressive progress and successes seen in communities embracing TNR, we continue to be dismayed by attacks on TNR programs. We stand behind the fact that TNR programs have been successful in communities nationwide and are the best practice for stabilizing community cat populations.