Trap-Neuter-Return begins with the trapping of feral cats using humane traps. The captured feral cats are taken to a veterinarian while still in the trap. Where they are either spayed or neutered. After the cat is sterilized, it is allowed to recover from surgery. Then it is released back to the site of capture.
We believe that this method is, over the long-term, a more effective population reduction approach than traditional (e.g., eradication) methods. It is believed that when all cats in feral cat colonies are removed, fertile cats from surrounding areas typically move into the vacated area to take over shelter and food resources—and begin breeding. On the other hand, sterilized feral cats returned to their site of capture do not breed, and practitioners claim they keep fertile outsiders away. The population in a managed colony is said to be reduced by attrition over time as kittens and tameable adult cats are removed to adoptive homes, seriously ill or injured cats are euthanize, and other cats die due to natural and accidental causes.
Life as a feral cat is not nice. These forgotten felines have a hard time fighting for food and seeking shelter. If they are young enough we will try to rehabilitate them and find them homes. If they are adults and we can release them into an area where someone is feeding them and providing shelter we will do that. Humane Euthanasia by a Vet is always the last choice and only done if a cat is injured or sick.