Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)

 If you are feeding any feral, stray, or abandoned cats, getting them fixed is a crucial part of improving their quality of life and managing the population. Two unaltered cats and all their decendents can theoretically number 420,000 cats in just seven years. Cats are also less likely to roam, spray, and fight once fixed. Trap-neuter-return is the recommended approach for spay/neuter of homeless cats that are too timid or feral (feral=unsocialized to humans) to be handled.  Cats are humanely trapped, altered, eartipped while under anesthesia (to signify that they are fixed), given a rabies shot, treated for parasites, and are returned to their territory after recovery for ongoing supervision by their caregiver.

Do you need help with TNR? Street cats are right up our alley! Contact Colony Cats at or 614-570-0471.

Other central Ohio TNR and feral cat spay/neuter programs*:

Pet Promise: 614-738-2149 or

Capital Area Humane Society/Feral Fix:

Save the Wild Side (German Village area): 614-581-0979 or

Mid-Ohio Animal Welfare League (Mansfield and Richland Counties): 419-566-3898 or

Black and Orange Cat Foundation (Union and Madison Counties): or

*Please note that some of these programs also do routine testing for Feline Leukemia (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) at the time of spay/neuter, and euthanize when the test is positive. If this is a consideration for you, familiarize yourself on the topic of testing with this Alley Cat Allies article and when scheduling an appointment, ask about the program's policy.

Additional Links to help you care for homeless cats

Links to building or buying feral cat shelters

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