It’s not someone else’s problem…
If you are feeding outside cats, Spay Indiana strongly urges you to spay and neuter the stray or feral cats. Stray cats are friendly to humans and can be handled by people. Feral cats are the offspring of lost or abandoned cats who are not fixed. When these cats are not socialized by humans, they do not easily adapt, or may never adapt to life as a pet.
Stray and feral cats are the greatest source of overpopulation in shelters (they produce 80% of the kittens that flood shelters every spring and summer).
Because they are not social, spaying and neutering is difficult, but can be done through Trap-Neuter-Return or TNR programs.
Alley Cat Allies provides information about TNR basics and resources about colony care and management, including winter care tips, providing shelter, monitoring your colony, and more.
TNR: Why It Works
- 20 Years of Evidence
- 20 years of evidence shows that trap and kill programs are not effective population control methods for feral cats.
The remaining few cats will breed, and in some cases over-breed to replace the missing cats.
- TNR Proven
- TNR has proven to be the most effective method of reducing the number of feral cats in a specific area over the
long-term. It stops the problem because it stops the breeding.
- TNR Saves Money
- TNR saves taxpayers money by reducing wild, free-roaming cat populations which in most cases end up in
municipal shelters and have to be euthanized.
- TNR Saves Lives
- Feral cat caregivers, who did not create the overpopulation problem but rather responded to it, are able to preserve
and protect the lives of these cats without adding to the problem. Feral cat caregivers provide day-to-day
monitoring of the colony so that any newcomers can be quickly trapped and sterilized.
- TNR Helps Neighborhoods
- The negative impact of the cats is greatly reduced simply by spaying/neutering and is further reduced as the
number of cats decrease. No late-night howling, smelly male urine or unwanted kittens.