TNR's Impact

Proof that trap-neuter-return really works for feral cats.

By Ellen Perry Berkeley

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While many believe that trap-neuter-return (TNR) to control feral cat numbers is workable, the proof hasn't been widely known. But the proof exists.

The first major study was sponsored by Britain's Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW). By 1990, UFAW evaluated eight TNR programs in and around London, rating TNR "better than any available alternative."

**Get the June 2008 issue of CAT FANCY to read the full article.**

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helen    baltimore, MD

4/25/2009 10:09:19 AM

i am doing a research paper for my college class about the tnr project. i need ellen perry berkeley's article about tnr for my research. if possible, can you please mail me that article. i have just about every month of 2007, and 2008 cat fancy. it just so happens the issue i do need(which is the june 2008 issue), i dont have. i will be forever grateful. thank you.

Judith Bird    Keaau, HI

5/24/2008 12:35:45 PM

I belong to a feral cat TNR organization in East Hawaii, Hui Pono Holoholona. Our organization would like reprints of this excellent article to buttress our disputes with the local county officials who are trying to remove our managed colonies. my email is

Harriet    Houston, TX

5/13/2008 2:48:43 PM

I've been doing TNR in Houston TX for 20 years,and I can state categorically (no pun intended) that IT WORKS!

Phyllis    Geneva, FL

5/7/2008 8:36:57 AM

The only humane, effective method of controlling pet overpopulation at the present time is spay/neuter, spay/neuter, spay/neuter. Spay your pets, spay the strays, spay the ferals. One could build hundreds of more shelters and fill them and then need hundreds of more shelters. Put all your $$ and other resources into sterilization and you will have made the biggest contribution to domestic animal welfare that you can.

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