The Potter League advocates and supports Community (Feral) Cat TNR Programs that are performed humanely and adhere to best practices.
I. What is it?
Community (feral) cats, are considered to be descendant from domesticated cats that no longer live with humans. These cats are often members of colonies that reside in one area. These cats have not been socialized with humans in the formative time of their development and are not adoptable. It is estimated that there are over 50,000 community cats living in Rhode Island and an estimated 58 million in the United States.
Community Cat Trap, Neuter and Release (TNR) Programs are designed to be a humane approach to community cat colony control. These cats are trapped, spayed/neutered (altered) and released back to their colonies to live out their lives in an environment in which they are familiar and comfortable.
Although difficult and time consuming, altering community cats is an effective and humane method to help stabilize colony population. If the necessary resources can be acquired for this undertaking, it can result in a program that helps control community cat populations while helping to maintain a humane relationship with the local community cat colonies, and protect small mammals and birds living in those common areas.