Welcome to our TNR resource page!
The Spay & Neuter Center of New Jersey is a proponent of Trap, Neuter, and Return programs. Although TNR does not solve our stray cat problem, it is the best solution we have at this time for community cats. Our spay/neuter clinic provides the same care for our feral friends that we would for our own pets and we provide additional discounts for feral cat caregivers.
We know that coordinating TNR efforts can be tricky. We ask that when you know when you will be attempting to trap, please give us a call ahead of time so we can schedule you a tentative appointment(s). This way we have set aside the time to care for the cats you are trying to trap.
Prior to anesthesia, we will visually evaluate the cat for any signs of illness. They are kept in a quiet room away from our other patients until we are ready to perform the spay or neuter. We will sedate these cats with an intramuscular injection so that they are anesthetized with minimal stress to the cat, and optimal safety for our surgical team. We perform a thorough physical exam on the cats once they are sedated. From that point on, surgery and pain management is the same as for our other patients. We administer Rabies and Distemper vaccines as this may be the only time in its life that the cat receives a dose. We will also evaluate the cat for parasites and wounds, and treat as needed. Once our feline patient has recovered enough to be able to sit up, they are placed back in their trap or carrier for transport home. We recommend that you keep feral cats in a dark, quiet, sheltered place overnight (e.g. your garage) and release the cat the following day. For more information, click on New Patient Center.
At The Spay & Neuter Center of New Jersey we practice ear tipping of our feral cat patients. This is the easiest way for caregivers to identify cats that have already been spayed or neutered. It is safe and effective and prevents the stress of needlessly transporting and anesthetizing a cat that has already been sterilized and vaccinated. See the following position statement from www.alleycat.org.
TNR pricing is $95. This includes anesthesia, exam, surgery, pain medication, ear tip, Rabies and Distemper vaccines. It also includes a Capstar treatment if the cat has fleas. Additional fees apply for pregnancy, undescended testicles, umbilical hernias, wound care, parasite treatments, and FeLV/FIV testing.
Responsibility of a Colony Caregiver:
Becoming a caregiver is a large responsibility. You need to monitor the colony for signs of disease, new cats (that need sterilization), and to make sure that their body condition is adequate (they are getting enough food). In addition, you have to coordinate a surgery schedule, set up traps, and make sure you have adequate funds for their care. We understand how emotionally and physically difficult your work is. Below are a list of links that may be helpful if you are thinking of taking on the task or if you need help:
Animal Protection League of New Jersey
Purrfect Cat Catchers- a local charity devoted to feline rescue, adoption, and TNR efforts
If you are a caregiver and have information that is helpful to the cause, please share it with us and after review we would be happy to post it on our website.