Why Trap-Neuter-Return?

  The research is very clear that if you remove and euthanize feral cats, more cats move in and go into reproductive overdrive, so you’re just exacerbating the problem by euthanizing them.  If you spay and neuter, you reduce the population, and it’s actually a more effective and humane solution for neighborhoods.

Humane League President and  CEO, Joan Brown

TNR (trap/neuter/return) respects a feral cat’s wild state.  Click here to view a short video about feral cats, produced by the Humane Society of the United States.

What is a feral cat?

A “feral” cat is one who has reverted in some degree to a wild state. They originate

from former domestic cats who were lost or abandoned and then learned to live outdoors or in environments involving little human contact, such as warehouses, factories or abandoned buildings. It’s important to recognize that if a cat is truly feral, then the most compassionate choice might be to allow them to live outdoors. Trying

to domesticate them would be no different than trying to make a squirrel or a raccoon a household companion – you might succeed somewhat, but never fully and only with a great deal of time and patience. Moreover, you would not be permitting the animal to live in a manner that suits him best.  Read the full article from Neighborhood Cats

  • Click here to view a short instructional video about how to properly set up a cat trap.
  • How the program works:

1. Identify that there is a feral cat in your neighborhood (more…) 

      2. Schedule an appointment with our McKonly Spay/Neuter Clinic to have the cat spayed or neutered***

      3. Rent a trap, if needed, from our Cat Adoption Center and trap the cat (more…)

      4. Safely transport the cat to the Humane League of Lancaster between 7am and 10am on the day of your scheduled  appointment  

      5. Pick the cat up at the designated time and follow post surgery instructions before returning the cat to its natural  environment

     6. Follow through and become a successful caretaker of your feral cat and/or colony

***You must have an appointment in order to bring a feral cat to the McKonly Spay/Neuter Clinic. We only have one veterinarian on staff who is responsible not only for the day to day operations of the Clinic, but also for the care of the other 12,000 animals that the shelter serves in a given year.  Again, if you do not have an appointment, we will be unable to accept the feral cat.

Additional Resources:

Other Low Cost Spay/Neuter Programs :

  • ORCA: Provides assistance to get male cats neutered.  Call (717) 397-8922 for more information
  • PAWS: Provides low cost spay/neuter options.  Also operates TNR clinics at various locations throughout Central Pennsylvania. Call (717) 957-8122 or visit their website for more information.
  • SNAP: Sponsors the Spay/Neuter Express, a reduced-fee mobile spay/neuter service for owned and feral cats. Visit their website for more information.

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