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Community Caregivers Program (TNR)

What is a feral cat?

Feral cats cannot be picked up or handled by humans. They are the offspring of outdoor cats who roam free and are not sterilized. These wild cats are often many generations removed from human ownership and cannot be placed into a typical home situation.

What is Trap-Neuter-Return?

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is a method of humanely controlling feral cat populations. TNR involves several steps. First, the cats are humanely trapped. The cats are then sterilized and vaccinated and receive an ear-tip (a small notch in the cat’s left ear that confirms that he or she has been sterilized). Socialized cats are adopted into homes, and cats who are truly feral are returned to their original location where they are monitored by a caregiver.

What are the other options for dealing with feral cat populations?

Feral cat populations can be dealt with in one of four ways: trap and kill, whereby cats are caught and euthanized; trap and remove, whereby cats are trapped and relocated; trap and return (TNR); and doing nothing or withholding food from the cats.

What are the advantages of Trap-Neuter-Return?

There are many advantages of Trap-Neuter-Return. Besides ending the breeding of more unwanted cats, it also reduces colony size. Additionally, TNR stops many nuisance cat behaviors like spraying, yowling and fighting. Through TNR, cats are vaccinated and sterilized, and unhealthy cats are removed from the colony.

The Wisconsin Humane Society’s Community Cat Caregivers Program

The Wisconsin Humane Society offers a TNR program called Community Cat Caregivers. The program provides sterilization and vaccination services to feral cats for a nominal fee.

Any interested person caring for feral cats and who agrees to our program guidelines is welcome to participate. In order to join the program, you must successfully complete an orientation. 

What you can do to help

The Wisconsin Humane Society strongly encourages anyone caring for a cat to keep them indoors for the well-being of cats and wildlife.

Click here if you have questions about feral cats in your neighborhood.

The City of Milwaukee passed legislation that allows caregivers to participate in a TNR program like the Wisconsin Humane Society’s.

Caregivers can log in to report their colony data here.


Upcoming TNR Orientations

Saturday, January 10 at 8:00 a.m.

At the orientation we go over our guidelines, the city ordinance, reporting requirements and fees involved.   If you are interested in attending, please call 414-431-6228 for more information or to sign up.