What we can do: mentor you with your TNR (trap-neuter-release) project by teaching you how to use the traps (including care of the cats while in the traps) and loaning you traps to get the cats to the vet or a low cost spay/neuter clinic.What we cannot do: remove feral cats from your neighborhood, place of business, etc., trap and transport the cats for you; loan traps for you to take cats to any animal service for euthanization.
Weare a 501c3 nonprofit organization, dedicated to the care of feral cats. Members of our group work on a volunteer basis to feed, water, and provide medical care for hundreds of feral cats in Knoxville and surrounding areas. We participate in a trap/neuter/return program in an effort to control the feral cat population. The TNR program is where feral cats are humanely trapped by volunteers, taken to a clinic to be spayed or neutered and vaccinated, then returned to their colony where they are most comfortable. We are not an adoption agency nor do we take in unwanted pets. Our organization only holds adoption fairs in order to find homes for socialized kittens born into feral colonies and to re-home stray pets that are abandoned in our colonies! We are funded solely from donations and fund raisers with 100% of money raised going directly to controlling and maintaining the feral cat population.
What is TNR?: TNR stands for Trap, Neuter, and Return. Feral cats must be trapped (humanely, of course) because they do not trust humans. The cats are then taken to a veterinarian and they are spayed or neutered, given vaccinations and any other critical care. The recover overnight, and then they are released back into their colony where they are most comfortable.
Why is TNR important? : Two feral cats who have not been spayed or neutered can produce around 420,000 kittens in seven years. Unless a caring person takes care of these cats, a staggering number of them will end up in the Knox County Animal Shelter where they will most likely be euthanized because they are considered unsuitable for adoption. TNR prevents so many unwanted kittens from being born.