Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR)
By working together with local rescue groups across the province we can make the most improvement in the welfare of the feral cat population through spay/neuter.
We are always looking to develop new partnerships to help us reach more areas and help more caretakers and feral cats.
We ask rescue groups to abide by the following protocols:
- Quick-release after surgery – Depending on the weather, cats should be released between 12-48 hours after surgery. The most common complications after a spay/neuter surgery are caused by stress. By returning them to their colony quickly we are keeping them as stress-free as possible.
- Cats must be released back to their home colony, unless you have secured a new caregiver willing to take them in and provide a transitional period and ongoing care, such as a barn home.
- The Nova Scotia SPCA does not test for Feline Leukemia or FIV for every feral cat. This is in line with the position statement by Alley Cat Allies. We believe that when dealing with limited funding the best action is to focus on spay/neuter services over other medical procedures. Once a cat is spayed or neutered the chance of transmitting any illness is drastically reduced as these diseases are primarily spread through fighting or breeding activities – both of which are prevented through spay/neuter.
- The Nova Scotia SPCA will perform an ear tip for all cats trapped. This is essential for visual identification of a fixed feral cat and is mandatory so we can save everyone time in the future once the cat is released.