Since 2001, Minnesota Spay/Neuter Project has worked in partnership with local animal shelters, veterinarians, and other non-profit animal welfare organization to spay and neuter over 5000 pets in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
Most of the animals in need of spay/neuter help are cats because there so many cats. With the introduction of the Trap-Neuter- Release programs in the 1970s, stray and feral cats are now given a chance at life. It’s an improvement over extermination, and a step in the right direction. But TNR is really not a good long-term solution to the problems associated with cat colonies.
TNR is ineffective. Although well intentioned, it is a futile attempt to eliminate overpopulation of cats. It is difficult, if not impossible, to assure that every cat is sterilized and vaccinated, resulting in an increasing or stagnating population—the opposite effect of what is intended by TNR. To learn more, go to TNRrealitycheck.com.
Cat colonies exist because unknowing people allow their cats outside without supervision thinking they are safe. Unfortunately, cats may wander too far and become lost and never find their way back home.
Instead of TNR, we support:
- TNP – Trap-Neuter-Protect where every cat in a colony is identified and contained in an enclosure with cat proof fencing. Only cats that have been spayed/neutered, microchipped and vetted would go into the enclosure. This not only protects the cats from the risks of disease, predators, and injury, but also protects wildlife from the cats. It assures that the cat population will not increase because it eliminates the possibility of abandoned or unsterilized cats being introduced into the colony. An example of such an enclosure appears in this video: Cat Colony Enclosure
- Licensing, vaccination and control for cats including enforcing keeping cats inside the home, or, if outside, supervised on a harness, or contained in enclosures or cat proof fencing as the more proactive way to eliminate homeless cats and reduce the risk of rabies to cats and humans.