Trap-neuter-return (TNR): What is it?
Trap-neuter-return (TNR) is a management technique in which homeless, free-roaming (community) cats are humanely trapped, evaluated and sterilized by a licensed veterinarian, vaccinated against rabies, and then returned to their original habitat. Once returned, these cats are far less likely to engage in annoying or destructive behavior. Crying, yowling, fighting, spraying, and roaming behaviors are reduced or eliminated. TNR cats become better neighbors.

Good Samaritans in neighborhoods all across the country provide food, water and shelter for community cats, and TNR provides a non-lethal, humane way to effectively manage these community cat populations.  Stopping the breeding and removing some cats for adoption is more effective than the traditional trap-and-kill method in lowering the numbers of cats in a community long-term.

How can you tell if a community cat has been fixed? Look at its ears. While under anesthesia, one ear is either notched or "tipped" to identify a cat that has already been through the TNR procedure. This prevents repeat trapping and transporting which saves time and money that can then be used for cats still in need of fixing.
Trapping and
If you are feeding and protecting one or more feral or community cats and need to get them fixed, we can help.  Not only will we facilitate their surgery, we will also trap and transport them for you.

So if your furry friends need to be fixed, give our TNR Division a call at (865) 340-9035
In the course of our Trap Neuter Return process we occasionally find litters of kittens that are too young to be fixed or to survive on their own. We are unwilling to leave these kittens to fend for themselves as they are subject to painful injuries, debilitating diseases, death from exposure, or the savagery of predation by hawks, owls, coyotes, and other carnivores.
We are also unwilling to simply dump them at the shelter as reducing the overcrowding at the shelter is one of our primary goals.
Therefore, we provide foster care for them until they are old enough to be fixed. During their stay in foster care, these kittens quickly learn to love and trust people and become remarkably affectionate.
Because we are such a small group of people, housing all of these "collateral kittens" is becoming more than we can continue to do by ourselves.  We need YOU to provide a temporary home for these sweet babies. We can help with food, litter, and other supplies.
Please contact us for more information.  

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