Project TNR

Project TNR is a volunteer run program established in October 2015 as a pilot program aiming to address the great need of spay and neuter of feral/community cats. While originally intended to be a seasonal program, we have seen the need of TNR assistance year-round. We rely solely on individual donations and volunteers to complete this incredibly important work.

If you need assistance with TNR of cats in your area, please email ProjectTNR@ral.org with details such as the location and number of cats and what specific needs you have (trapping, transporting and/or setting up appointments.) Please note that we do not have the ability to assist in cat relocation or placing of friendly cats.

Support Project TNR:

Help the Jeff Davis Corridor Cats

The Jeff Davis Corridor area has an URGENT and immediate need for TNR services. In an effort to continue to help this area as much as possible, we have established a $6000 fundraising goal to spay/neuter at least 85% of the cats in the corridor. The online crowd funding page can be found here. Please share with your friends and all of those in our community to help. Spay and neuter is a tremendous way to solve the overpopulation problem.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What defines a feral cat? A feral or "community" cat is a cat who has reverted in some degree to a wild state. They originate from former domestic cats who were lost or abandoned and then learned to live outdoors or in environments involving little human contact. Feral cats are not socialized to people and are therefore not adoptable.

2. What is TNR? Trap-Neuter-Return is a program through which feral or community cats are humanely trapped; sterilized and returned to the outdoor locations where they were found.

3. Why fix feral cats? Overpopulation is the number one cause of death of healthy cats in the United States. Over 25,000 cats are killed in shelters daily while waiting for homes. It is estimated that 53 percent of feral/community cats are female. These females and their male partners can produce over 100 kittens over a 7 year period. By spaying/neutering even a few colonies, we can drastically cut down the amount of cats/kittens entering shelters in our service area.

4. What does the program entail? Project TNR will run from October-March (the kitten "off-season") and will TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) feral cats in the City of Richmond and counties of Chesterfield and Henrico. The program will use targeted spay/neuter by focusing on providing TNR services to established colonies, aiming to TNR the entire colony. Targeted spay/neuter has been proven to be more successful in reducing the feral cat population. Our priority colonies will be those that have in between 10 and 50 cats and are not currently in a TNR program. We will also aim to educate current colony caregivers on TNR, engaging them in the process.

5. What are the goals of the program? To assist with TNR of cats who have no one willing or able to trap or transport them for spay/neuter services.

6. What are the costs associated with the program? On average, a spay/neuter surgery costs $50 and includes a rabies vaccine, which is required by law. Through donor funding, we will have access to 5 no-cost surgeries each week through RAL's Loving Spay/Neuter Clinic. We also host "all feral days" at RAL's clinic as space and funding allows.

7. How can I help?

  • Volunteer: We need folks who are willing to help with education, trapping and/or transporting of ferals. Email ProjectTNR@ral.org for volunteer details.
  • Donate: Sponsor a surgery ($50) or a feral cat trap ($75). Use the donation link to make sure your donations go directly to Project TNR.
  • Spread the Word: We want to let people know about this program! If you know of a colony that needs TNR help and is in the geographic area being serviced, you can email any information to ProjectTNR@ral.org.

Resources

Feral Cat Information and Statistics:

Alley Cat Allies

Humane Society of the United States

Feral Cat Project

Local News and Feral Cat Information:

Richmond Animal League addresses feral cat problem in Jeff Davis corridor

Chesterfield Family Deals with Feral Cat Infestation

Cats Abandoned at Feral Colony

Richmond Animal League's Project TNR initiative is a proud recipient of funding from PetSafe