Trap, Neuter, Return Program (TNR) for Feral Cats
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Feral cats are spayed or neutered to:
- improve quality of life
- reduce number of feral cats euthanized
- reduce or eliminate feral cat colonies through attrition
How the Program Works
- The spay/neuter clinic (see information below) is for cats in colonies being managed by colony caretakers.
- The colony must be registered with Toronto Animal Services and caretaker must complete a half day Trap, Neuter & Return workshop offered by Community Cats Toronto.
- Fill out waiver and consent form.
- A City staff member visits new colonies.
- Surgery dates can be booked after colony visit by calling 416-338-6281.
- Caretakers trap the cats and bring to shelter for surgery and an ear tip (so they can be identified later).
- Cats returned to original colony by caretakers after recovering from surgery (usually 24 to 48 hours).
- More than 5,000 cats have been spayed or neutered since the program began.
Toronto Animal Services is a member of the Toronto Feral Cat Coalition. This group has a mandate to:
- help reduce feral cat over-population through TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) and accessible spay/neuter clinics
- educate and build awareness among cat owners and caregivers about the many resources available for TNR and colony management in Toronto.
- support the ongoing welfare of Toronto’s colonies