What is TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release), and why does it work?
Here’s how TNR works:
- A feral colony is identified.
- The cats are trapped humanely.
- The cats are transported to a clinic for their spay/neuter surgery and rabies vaccination (at minimum).
- The cats have their left ear “tipped” for future identification.
- The cats are returned to their colony within 24 – 48 hours.
- Volunteers feed and care for the cat colony on a daily basis.
TNR stabilizes the colony size by eliminating new litters. It also reduces the nuisance behavior associated with unsterilized cats. TNR’s most measurable effect is that fewer cats/kittens flow through animal shelters, resulting in lower euthanasia rates and increased adoptions of shelter cats.
For more information on TNR please visit www.alleycat.org.
Pawmetto Lifeline Clinic Feral Cat Policies
you for choosing the Pawmetto Lifeline Spay/Neuter Clinic. We are an NSNRT
certified Spay/Neuter Clinic and follow all standards of care set forth by the
Humane Alliance, the gold standard in high-quality, high-volume spay and
mission is to provide affordable, high-quality spay and neuter surgery to help
reduce the amount of unwanted pets that end up euthanized in municipal
shelters. Each year in Lexington and Richland Counties over 18,000 dogs
and cats are euthanized due to the pet overpopulation epidemic and over 60% of
those euthanized are cats. Feral cats in municipal shelters are automatically
euthanized, and the only way to put an end to this tragedy is to spay and
neuter every Feral possible. We are committed to working with groups and
individuals working on trap-neuter-release (TNR) and hope that our flexibility
and pricing will allow you to help more cats in your community.
is a Feral Cat?
feral cat is one that lives outside and is not socialized to humans. Feral cats
can have the same lifespan, and the incidence of disease is just as low, as
companion cats. Feral cats can live long, healthy lives, content in their
cats typically live in colonies where they have access to food and shelter. An
unmanaged colony can become a problem, with rampant breeding, and the onset of
problem mating behaviors (fighting, yowling, etc.). However, feral cats should
not be taken to the animal shelter, as they are not adoptable and can only be
euthanized. Catching and killing the cats does not work. When cats are removed
from an area, survivors breed to capacity or new cats move in (This is known as
the “vacuum effect,” and is well-documented).
(TNR) is the most humane and effective method available to end the severe feral
cat overpopulation crisis faced by this country. This method has been endorsed
by national animal welfare groups, as well as many animal control departments,
as the best option for feral cats and the communities they inhabit.
Pawmetto Lifeline Clinic Feral Cat Policies
the interest of giving the cats the very best medical attention possible, we
have developed special protocol for feral cats at our clinic:
- Feral cat surgeries are on Monday through
- For the sake of their health, all kittens must be 2 pounds
before they can be altered. It is sometimes difficult to tell if they are
of weight just by looking at them. If you trap kittens and they are
declined for surgery due to being underweight there will be a $10 fee charged
per kitten that is declined. Please understand that we cannot weigh
the kittens until they are anesthetized and must cover our cost associated with
- One or two feral cats do not need an appointment; however,
3 or more on any given day do require an appointment. If you are planning
a “trapping blitz” (a large number of traps being set at one time), please
contact the clinic a week in advance so that we can adjust our schedule and
plan for a greater than typical number of surgeries on the anticipated day.
- Feral cats must be checked in by 9:30 am (8 am –
9:30 am) and must be picked up the following morning at 7:30 am. We do
assess late fees for late pick-up.
- All feral cats must come to the clinic in a secure, live-release
trap. No exceptions. This is for the well-being of the cats and the safety of
our staff. If they are tame enough to be put in a carrier, they will not be
considered feral, and a regular surgical appointment must be scheduled.
If the cat is found to be tame upon intake, a regular surgical fee will apply. Please
totally cover the trap with a large towel or sheet upon capture and keep the
trap covered until drop-off for surgery. Please do not put bedding, towels,
metal plates or cans inside the trap.
- Feral cats must be fasted by the trapper - no food after 7am the
day of surgery. If there is a food bowl in the trap with the cat, please just
turn it over.
- Any cat that arrives in a live-release trap will not receive a
physical exam to determine fitness for anesthesia prior to receiving
- We will not conduct combo tests on
feral cats. Alley Cat Allies does not support testing feral cats for FeLv or
FIV. Considering the cost of the test in conjunction with the low rates
of disease (1-2% of feral populations according to ACA), low likelihood of
transmission between adult cats, poor viability of the virus , the fact that we
will not euthanize an asymptomatic positive cat, we believe that funds are more
effectively invested in providing spay/neuter services. For further
questions, we encourage you to visit www.alleycat.org.
- All feral cats will receive an ear tip. The only exception
is feral kittens under 12 weeks of age brought in by an 501(c)3 agency that
intends to socialize them and adopt them out.
- Our feral cat surgery price is $40 which includes: surgery, rabies vaccine, ear tip and tattoo.
Please contact the clinic if you have any questions about these
policies at (803) 465-9100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.