Global Cat Day on October 16th raises awareness surrounding non-lethal feline programs across the country. More than any other shelter animal, cats and kittens face euthanasia at a much higher rate. However, programs such as trap, neuter, and release (TNR) are making it possible for cats to live full and healthy lives right in our neighborhoods.

TNR programs aim to reduce shelters and overall colony populations across the country. TNR programs trap feral and stray cats. They are then neutered and vaccinated under the care of a veterinarian. Their ears are tipped to identify that they have been neutered. Then the cat is released back into the neighborhood where they were captured.

Long term studies across the country show that not only does the population decline, but the cats live out their lives healthily. Additionally, these programs save taxpayers money over time:

  • Reduces animal service calls
  • Lessens the burden on shelters
  • Neighborhoods become quieter – mating behavior decreases

Why Adoption Unfortunately Doesn’t Always Work

Feral cats – cats that have never had human contact – don’t associate well with humans. They will always be feral and unable to be adopted. Feral cats prefer the wild. A TNR program offers them the best chance of living side by side with humans.

However, adoption is still a viable option for stray cats and kittens under 12 weeks of age. Visit your local shelter if you are seeking a pet of your own.


Learn more about TNR programs. Donate or volunteer to support a program near you. Help protect and control the cat population in your neighborhood in a humane way. Share information about TNR programs to make a difference.

This Is my "Little Girl". I "rescued" her when she was only 9 months old. She had been found in a house that had been hoarding animals. Cats, dogs, birds, lizards, snakes, hamsters and more were found in the house. There we so many, they gave up on trying to find the animals name, and just numbered them per species. She was the 9th cat of many, so they called her "9".

She lived with me for 7 years before going over "The Rainbow Bridge". She is the one who rescued me, and I can't wait to se her on the other side of that bridge when the time comes.

If you are going to adopt/rescue a pet, there are some very important things to remember:

  • The pet chooses you, not the other way around. If you BOTH do not feel the connection, move on until you do find that connection.
  • They are LIVING creatures. The breath, feel love and pain, the have hearts and souls. They are not just an object for decoration, they are like a child and need to be loved and cared for.
  • Be ready for what is ahead. Pets take time, patience, love, attention and money. They need food, care from vets and many other things just like a child. If you can't "afford" one, then let someone who can adopt them who can give them all the things they need.
  • Take your time finding that special fur person. Don't rush or force it. Like love, it take just the right combination to make it real.

God bless everyone who adopts/rescues a pet, or supports that help animals find their forever homes.