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TNVR (Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return) is a humane and effective approach for feral/community cats. Now in practice for decades in the US after being proven in Europe, scientific studies show that Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return improves the lives of feral cats, improves their relationships with the people who live near them, and decreases the size of colonies over time. Through this program, which took off in 2014, we have successfully helped to stabilize feline feral populations as large as seventy cats. These community cats are examined, rabies vaccinated, ear tipped for identification, neutered/spayed and then returned to their colony caretaker. Small clinics are typically held 1-2 times a month during warm weather and as medical and financial resources permit.

FLSPCA TNVR (Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return) Program 2023

Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate & Return (TNVR) Program for Feral/Wild Cats.

We will not be offering TNVR clinics during the winter months. Winter prevents safely trapping and keeping feral/free-roaming cats warm enough to heal properly after spay/neuter surgery. These cats are already struggling to stay alive. A cat that just had surgery must not be put out in the freezing cold with an incision and a shaved tummy with no fur to protect her from the cold. She/He may not have a warm dry shelter. She/He sometimes has to forge through snow to return to her colony, and obtain food and water.

Please check back with us in February for 2023 TNVR Clinic plans via email: (and/or continue to watch our website or FLSPCA Facebook page).

Finger Lakes SPCA TNVR (Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return) Program Details:

This program is small (typically 2 clinics a month – more when possible and approximately 10 cats at a time). It is made available only as our financial and veterinary resources permit.

Priority will be given to the colonies determined most at risk (e.g. very large numbers). Additionally, targeted areas when identified (to have the greatest impact -meaning finishing the majority of a population and addressing nearby colonies if others are identified). Other factors that may play into scheduling are: immediate availability to make a clinic appointment, resources available to help cover surgeries, ability to transport and trap independently.

We are not able to routinely assist with trapping and transport. We are only able to offer this assistance as volunteer resources permit.
Feral/community cats (a smaller population or semi handleable stray cats) may be able to come through our Catnip feline spay/neuter program. Our staff can advise which program is the best fit when appointments are available or give you referral numbers for other TNVR program clinics.

We are not currently keeping a wait list for this program. Please keep watching our FLSPCA Facebook page and website for updates on program start-up again for 2023.