Catnip Casa Cat Refuge actively supports TNR. To that end, in August 2015, we assumed ownership of the TNR (trap, neuter, return) group Austin Humane Society (AHS) started in 2010, and CCCR facilitated that program until July of 2017. We then passed that responsibility on to another organization that shares our beliefs and love of the cats.
Some people use the term TNRM, with the M being used for maintain. We always maintain. That is an integral part of TNR, even though we don’t use that acronym. AHS needed to pass the responsibility for coordinating this resource to someone else as of August 31, 2015. Their focus is on growing the surgical capabilities and handling the medical side, and they needed to devote more resources to that program.
The people in the TNR group are hard-working volunteers who do the field work on their own time and with their own resources. We are proud to have been a part of this program. Although, we no longer carry the responsibility for facilitating the TNR group, we will always support TNR in any way possible.
The TNR group is a closed group that is carefully vetted to maintain the safety of the cats and the trappers. It’s not a public group for people just wanting information. There are many online resources and free webinars to serve that purpose. We recommend Alley Cat Allies and Best Friends Society, as well as Austin Humane Society Feral Cat TNR Program.
If trapping seems too scary, there is usually a volunteer opportunity available with a small population of special needs cats here at Catnip Casa. You can meet some community cats that live on our property and learn more while helping us too. Most of our volunteer opportunities involve daily cat care jobs such as cleaning, sweeping, scooping litter, entertaining cats, and mundane necessities like that. Community cats live here too. We even have special needs cats that are and/or were community (feral) cats.
You may donate supplies or money and you may ask that your donation(s) be used for the feral cats. You may also support the TNR efforts by increasing our supply of equipment through TruCatch Trap Donation program. Some items are only a few dollars, others cost more. This equipment will be loaned to any of the individuals or groups work with the TNR group. It’s a great way to help the trappers and the cats. http://www.trucatchtraps.com/gifts/index/view/code/64bfa0e438a2f526fa5114a08b601726/
For those in Travis County, the Catty Shack is a great resource. One of the trappers kindly put this info together.
If you support TNR, for our rural areas especially, please donate money to help offset the costs the rural trappers must pay to use the only clinic resource available to most of them. See more info here.