TRAP – NEUTER – RETURN (TNR) is exactly what it sounds like … using humane traps to capture stray (thrown out) or feral (born outside, afraid of people) cats, taking them to the veterinarian to be spayed (girls) or neutered (boys), caring for them for a few days while they recover from surgery, and then returning them to the place where they were trapped. TNR is absolutely the most humane and effective way to control the feral and stray cat population. The volunteers of Bronx Tails feed hundreds of “outside” cats, TNR the cats we find, supply and set up winter shelters for them, teach and assist others with TNR projects, try to find homes for friendly strays, and provide medical care for sick and injured cats when possible. 


Feel free to message us on FB if you are willing and able to trap and want to inquire about the availability of space on one of our ASPCA transports.

If you are interested in learning more about TNR and colony care (for example, if you are feeding stray and/or feral cats and are ready to do your part to TNR them), a certification workshop can be a useful step to gain the knowledge and skills needed to help the feral and stray community cats in your area.

Visit the NYC Feral Cat Initiative of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals to learn about free workshops on TNR and Colony Care. There are both in-person and online options. Both (including their “7 Steps of TNR” page), or NYC Feral Cat Initiative have good resources about TNR.

Certified Caretakers are eligible for a number of invaluable resources such as:


The below links are a good place to start in terms of educating yourself about the issues and needs of the stray and feral cat population, as well as resources on how to effectively work with your community.

More about spay/neuter resources in NYC and the surrounding area:


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