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Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs offer a humane and effective way of solving the cat overpopulation problem. Free-roaming, un-owned and unsterilized cats are trapped, neutered and returned to their original home. As a result, the size of cat colonies naturally declines through attrition. Hundreds of successful programs across the country have proven that TNR is humane effective, and even cheaper than eridication programs.
In September 2004, Dane County Friends of Ferals (DCFoF) consulted with Alley Cat Allies to start a Trap-Neuter-Return program in Dane County. We placed a free advertisement in several community weekly shopper newspapers to let county residents know that they could access Dane County veterinary clinics participating in the Maddie’s Fund Spay/Neuter Project for Feral Cats. DCFoF would loan live traps, carriers, towels; transport cats to and from surgery; and provide four days of post-surgical care in a DCFoF volunteer’s home. The public response was so great that the ads had to be cancelled 3 weeks later because more than enough feral cats were identified to fill all the available feral surgery slots through the end of the year. In four months, we helped nineteen property owners and 130 cats.
Our TNR initiative has a major positive impact on the lives of feral cats and their caregivers in this community, as well as play a significant role in decreasing the free roaming cat population. Read more about the benefits of Trap Neuter Return
OUTDOOR CATS ONLY: Dane County Friends of Ferals provides low-cost spay/neuter options through our monthly Spayathons. This service is especially helpful for rural residents who want to responsibly manage their barn and feral cat colonies. A$25 donation is requested for spay or neuter and FVRCP and rabies vaccination. You can also sponsor a surgery by making a donation to DCFOF (Paypal or check).
Read about ourpast spayathons