Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) Program

Addison Animal Control is working to help manage the feral cat colonies in Addison through a program known as Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR). A vast majority of communities and national animal welfare organizations have recognized TNR programs as the most humane and effective method of controlling feral cat colonies in urban and rural communities.

The goal of TNR is to trap feral cats, spay or neuter, vaccinate, ear tip (for identification) and return to the feral cat colony site.  With the help of volunteer caretakers, the feral cat colony is monitored for health and safety and provided food and shelter. TNR has been proven to be the most cost-effective and humane method to stabilize and reduce feral cat colonies in urban and rural communities.

TNR implementation will reduce feral cat colony starvation, disease, rabies, and accidental death by passing motorist. TNR reduces property related nuisances associated with feral cats, such as the yowling from mating, digging in the trash, scratching/damaging of vehicles, and odors from marking their territories.  TNR stops the breeding cycle and over time will reduce the feral cat population.

The TNR Resolution was passed by the Addison City Council on May 28, 2013. Contact Addison Animal Control Officers for more information about Trap-Neuter-Release.