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How To Save Feral Cats and Stop Overpopulation With TNR

Updated on July 13, 2017

Here's how to stop killing Feral Cats and save birds at the same time.

Learn all about feral cats and the TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) programs; what feral means; how they live; the arguments for and against TNR porgrams. You'll also find links to rescue organizations, materials on TNR and how you can start or join exisitng TNR programs.Millions of feral cats are killed in shelters every year in the United States.  TNR (trap-neuter-return) is a program that is practiced throughout the world to save these cats, allowing them to live out their lives -- not killed because they're considered homeless.

This lens is dedicated to Tara -- the little cat shown here -- a feral cat that stole our hearts. I'll share with you Tara's story. Check out the wonderful pictures I have of her and other feral cats I've met and come back as I'll add more. I'll also include links to organizations and resource materials on both sides of the issue.

I am 100 percent for TNR, however, I'll give you the arguments from both sides of the issue so you can make up your own mind.

P.S. The term neutered is used for both males and females, although the term spay is usually used for females.

If you love cats and want more information about anything from behavior modification to breeds, ear mites to ticks or anything to do with cats, check out my Frankster aka Cat-Woman lensography that lists all of my lenses, blogs and websites about cats.

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Photos of Ferals - Most of these have been domesticated

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What Is TNR?

TNR Explained

TNR stands for Trap, Neuter and Return. It refers to using humane traps to trap feral cats, taking them to a shelter or mobile facilty and having them neutered (sterilized) and vaccinated. After they have been neutered, the cat is returned to their home (where they were trapped).

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) method, in which entire colonies of cats are trapped, vaccinated, and sterilized by a veterinarian works extremely well to curb the numbers of unwanted, feral cats.

The right ear of the feral cat is eartipped (cut off) so that you can know which has already been neutered so if they wind up in another trap they can be released immediately.

Homes are found for young kittens, who can be tamed. Healthy adults are returned outdoors, where volunteers feed and look after them for the remainder of their lives.

Simply put, TNR is the most humane and cost effective way to control the feral cat population.

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The No Kill Movement

Stop killing all animals

A new revolution that is transforming the world is here: The No Kill Movement is replacing the outdated notion that if animals are in our way -- or are homeless -- we should kill them.

The old model is still being practiced by many so-called humane societies and shelters. Even many that claim to be no-kill facilities. Most, if they look like they are going to run out of room, they kill to get back down to whatever their arbitrary numbers are. Or, they have "shelf-life" rules. For instance if a cat or dog is not adopted in 30 days of capture then they are euthanized.

The good ones, those run by people who are out to save every single animal they can, go the extra mile to find homes for the animals.

6 Ways Shelters Can Reduce Killing Cats and Dogs

1. TNR education for the public

2. Run TNR programs along with volunteers

3. Spay/Neuter education -- Start with the kids

4. Spay/Neuter programs -- low-cost and free

5. Join with rescue groups to find homes

6. Educate people to keep cats indoors

Declaration of the No Kill Movement in the US.

An excerpt: "This year, some five million dogs and cats will be killed in shelters. The vast majority can and should be placed into loving homes or should never enter shelters in the first place. But there is hope.

No Kill sheltering models, based on innovative, non-lethal programs and services, have already saved the lives of tens of thousands of animals. But instead of embracing No Kill, many shelters-and their national agency allies-cling to their failed models of the past, models that result in the killing of millions of dogs and cats in U.S. shelters every year."

Click here to view the compelete and more on this movement No Kill Center.

Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation & The No Kill Revolution in America - A book that will change your life

Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in America
Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in America

Nathan Winograd is an amazing writer who tells all about the No Kill movement happening in the US. With over 5 million cats and dogs killed in shelters in the US alone, this book is a must read for anyone wanting to stop the killing. In my opinion, it is a must read for every animal lover.


The Saving Of A Feral Cat

Tara's Story

Tara The Terrified: PART 1

My Experience Socializing Feral Kittens

Tara in her cage sitting on Hawk

I have been doing foster care for the local humane society since 2000. In 2001, I was asked to try to socialize a litter of 3. They were about 2-1/2 months old and had been living in a barn with all feral cats.

Everyone had their fingers crossed because socialization (getting kittens used to people) must begin as soon as possible after birth. The moms with litters that I've foster have allowed me to handle their kittens within a day of delivery. I even had one mother who I had to help with her delivery. In between the 3 births, she would lay beside me with her head on my lap and purr. It was an amazing show of trust.

Anyway, kittens need to be touch and handled for at least 20 minutes a day before they are 2 weeks old. If the mother is socialized, the kittens are easy to socialize even if they are a little older. However, if you get kittens after 2 weeks old, mother or not, I have found that they will hiss and haunch up, some even spit. But, I just persist and they've all come around.

Tara The Terrified

The smallest female of the litter, was terrified and spend the first 12 hours howling and pacing the cage -- almost nonstop. The other female and male kitten did better but needed more socializing than a 2 person household can give. Anyway, eventually they went back to the shelter and were returned to be barn cats (vaccinated and neutered) in exchange for 2 younger ferals we could socialize.

Tara the Terrible

Tara was also returned to the shelter, however, she would not let anyone near her. She'd hiss, spit and even growl. No one could feed her. In fact everyone was afraid to go near her.

The shelter called me, asked if I wanted to adopt her. I could adopt her for free, however, if I did not adopt her, because of space constraints, she would have would be turned over to the County's shelter and since she was feral, they would kill her.

Continued in Tara The Terrified: PART 2 below.

Approximately 3 million to 4 million cats and dogs are euthanized every year according to the ASPCA.

Tara The Terrified: PART 2

Adding A Feral Kitten To Our Family

Tara sharing a bed with Bruce "Kamikaze" Lee

The question was would I adopt Tara. My immediate answer was, "I'll be right over to pick her up." I then got off the phone and turned to my husband and told him the situation and bless his warm, big heart, he said, "Let's go get her."

We got to the shelter we found her in the Isolation room where they put cats until they have a condo they can put the cat in. The shelter was absolutely packed because it was kitty season.

The shelter manager said, "I'll stay out of site. She hates me." My husband and I walked into the room and talked to Tara. She didn't make a sound just sat looking at us intently.

We talked to her softly telling her we were taking her back home as we opened the cage door and carefully held the cat carrier in front of the door. Tara literally lunged into the cage without a peep astounding the shelter manager.

Tara Joins The Family PART 3 coming soon...

Video - The differences between Feral, Stray and Pet cats - Do you know the difference?

They are NOT just strays

I found this wonderful quote on It Matters To Me blogspot.

"They are just stray cats." I beg to differ. They are NOT just stray cats. They are the result of irresponsible pet owners. Humans that choose to not spay and neuter their pets. Humans that choose to let their cats roam and reproduce. Humans that think of our society as a throw away society. Humans that move and leave their cats to fend for themselves. It is a sad reality. But, it is reality. Until humans can accept responsibility for their pets, there will always be the homeless strays, and feral cats.

Tara The Terrfied: PART 3

Tara letting me pet her from a "safe" distance"

As you can see from this picture, Tara allowed us to become family but at a distance. Look closely at the picture and you can see that she is about to flee. We could only pet her if we stood perfectly still and talked to her softly.

Anyway, I'm a little ahead of my story. We brought Tara home and set the carrier on the kitchen floor. When we opened the door she literally bolted. What she did next was amazing. She went up to each cat and talked to them. We'd never see her so talkative.

In fact, not only did she talk to each cat (6 of them) but every piece of furniture and every object in the whole house. She did this for 2 hours, non-stop. She just walked from object to object and talked to them. It was like she wanted everyone to know what she'd been through.

After 2 hours, she curled up on the living room floor and bathed herself. Lee, her soul mate, joined her and curled up around her. And we knew we had made the right decision.

She only allowed us to touch her every now and again. But she bonded with all her brothers and sisters. All of them loved her, especially Lee. They were almost always together.

When Tara had lived with us for 4 years, she started hiding. We would spend hours trying to find her. How she could find a place to hide in a 1-bedroom, 1-bath house was a mystery. But we knew something was wrong because cats hide when they are sick or injured. Unlike our other cats, she would not let us pick her up and there was no way to get her into another carrier.

In order to get her to the vets office, we had to borrow a humane trap and trick her into it. We managed, but it was a horrendous ordeal.

We took her to the vet, who tranquilized her through the cage. When she called us later, it was with the sad news that Tara had several breast cancers and that her lungs were compromised. She did not think she would survive being revived. It was heartbreaking for us to let her go and Lee spent a lot of time looking for his soul mate.

She was a very special cat. She was a cat's cat. All cats loved her and she was never tamed. If we had had no other cats, I believe she would have eventually bonded with us, but we had other cats and so she was able to stay wild and yet have the safety and love of an indoor cat. We miss her dearly.

Neuter Now


Kill Later

What's Next In Feral Cat Control?

Reducing feral cat populations

When Julie Levy, a veterinarian and professor at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in Gainesville, is asked how to permanently reduce feral cat popultions, her answer is TNR. She says we should TNR entire colonies of ferals. Have them vaccinated, sterilized by a veterinarian, then returned to their colony.

She admits that the method, though, is neither quick nor simple.

In a study conducted over an 11-year period, Levi found the cats lived an average of 7 years after being spayed and brought back to their territory. Levy says something realistic needs to be done to reduce the feral population. However, she continues, killing the cats, as many wildlife organizations have suggested, is not feasible.

New Vaccine In The Works

Levy hasn't come up with another way, yet. However, she is currently working with a wildlife research group to develop a new sterilization vaccine for both male and female cats.

"We're on the trail of a good one," she said. "We're now one year into a two-year study with male cats, and it's looking extremely promising."

When/if the vaccine is developed, trained technicians would go into the field and inject the cats. The vaccine would actually make TNR programs more efficient by helping reduce costs and labor.

Organizations For TNR

Quote by Mahatma Gandhi

A man who cherished all living creatures

"The greatness of a nation

and its moral progress

can be judged by the way

its' animals are treated."

(Mahatma Gandhi)

Steve Wozniak of Apple Fame Help To Save Feral Cats - Check Out This Video He Helped Produce

Steve Wozniak Saves Feral Cats

I worked at Apple Computer for 7 years, but Steve had already left the company. However, I always heard great things about him. Then I had the pleasure of meeting him some years later at an education trade show. He was short, very short - LOL - and he was the most marvelous person. He was really interested in helping this world. I'm thrilled to see him taking care of feral cats.

You can read the article announcing this video and his work with feral cats by clicking Feral cats/Steve Wozniak. One population of feral cats is down to 1 or 2 cats! TNR really can and does work if people just do their parts.

Humans - The real problem!

Humans - The real problem!
Humans - The real problem!

Organizations Against TNR

PETA Argument and My Rebuttal

Peta argument against TNR

"We have seen firsthand-and we receive countless similar reports-that cats suffer and die gruesome deaths because they are abandoned to fend for themselves outdoors. Many were in "managed" colonies, which usually means that they were fed. Having witnessed the painful deaths of countless feral cats instead of seeing them drift quietly "to sleep" in their old age, we cannot in good conscience advocate trapping, altering, and releasing as a humane way to deal with overpopulation and homelessness."

My Rebuttal

All wild animals face the possibility of catching diseases or getting hurt and facing painful deaths. To kill ALL feral cats because a few of them die painful deaths is like killing all lions, tigers and bears because some will be die this same way. Sorry, not on my watch. I won't advocate killing ferals cats (or any other animal) for this reason. Heck, how do we know which cats will die painful deaths? And, before they died, how many years of freedom did they live? And, who is going to play God?

Some Bird Enthusiasts: An Argument and My Rebuttal

Peta argument against TNR

""You're trading a feral cat, an exotic animal that doesn't belong naturally on the landscape, against piping plovers, which evolved as natural fits in that environment," reasons Holmes Rolston III, a Colorado State University professor who is considered one of the deans of American environmental philosophy. "And it trades an endangered species, piping plovers, against cats, which as a species are in no danger whatsoever. Suffering - the pain of the cat versus the pain of the plover eaten by the cat - is irrelevant in this case."

My Rebuttal

Yes, birds are being killed by cats. But killing cats is not the answer, People caused the problem with the overpopulation of cats. We just can't kill every feral cat just because "stupid and uncaring" people abandoned cats and they became wild.

I am 100% for TNR, however, that is only 1 step. Here is my 7 step program:

(1) Educate people about spay/neuter (start with kids).

(2) Have low-cost and free spay/neuter programs.

(3) Relocate feral cat colonies that are near endangered birds.

(4) Run TNR programs and allow caregivers to take care of the feral cat colonies with TNR, feeding, and medical care -- people ARE willing to do that. Let them.

(5) Educate people to keep cats indoors.

(6) Make and enforce laws that punish people for abandoning animals.

(7) Make and enforce laws that make spay/neutering mandatory.

It has been proven in tests all over the country that just killing cats does NOT stop the problem but a good TNR program does by controlling birth rates.

Let's stop looking at all of our problems as "kill them" and work together to "save them" -- both feral cats AND birds. There's enough killing going on in the world.

Removing Cats to Protect Birds Backfires on Island

An example of why killing cats isn't the answer

"It seemed like a good idea at the time: Remove all the feral cats from a famous Australian island to save the native seabirds.

"But the decision to eradicate the felines from Macquarie island allowed the rabbit population to explode and, in turn, destroy much of its fragile vegetation that birds depend on for cover, researchers said Tuesday.

"Removing the cats from Macquarie "caused environmental devastation" that will cost authorities 24 million Australian dollars ($16.2 million) to remedy, Dana Bergstrom of the Australian Antarctic Division and her colleagues wrote in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Applied Ecology."

Read the full article at Removing cats to protect birds backfires on island

Lensmaster's note:

Killing Cats for birds killed more birds and created a eco-nightmare. Killing cats is NOT the answer! These people found out the hard way -- don't muck with Mother nature's eco-system. Instead, practice TNR to control cat population in a systematic way.

Alley Cat Allies -- Saving Ferals Cats Everywhere

An Organization You Should Know About

Alley Cat Allies

Ally Cat Allies is an incredible organization to saves feral cats.

On their website, you will find:

- Caregiver/Advocate Information

- Animal Control/Shelter Information

- Legal Information

- Veterinarian Information

- Events & Conferences

They have the most extensive library of materials created to help you:

1. Recognize feral cats.

2. Trap, neuter and release information.

3. Organize TNR programs in your area.

4. Talk to people about TNR.

5. Get press for TNR (they even provide a press release template).

6. Raise feral kittens.

7. Build feeding stations for feral cats.

8. Learn how best to help feral cats.

9. Find success stories and statistics to share.

10. Find videos of feral cats and TNR in action.

11. And lots more.

For a complete list of their Factsheets and Articles, click Alley Cat Rescources

To contact them or get other information from their website, click Alley Cat Allies

Recent Articles That Discuss TNR -- Both PROS & CONS - Very Informative Articles With Arguments Worth Reading

I've found these recent articles with informative discussions of the issue of feral cats and TNR as well as suggestions of how to save feral cats. TNR is only one part of the equation to end the overpopulation of feral cats.

Poppy's Story -- A Pregnant Feral Cat

A Pregnant Feral Cat

Pregnant Feral Cat

I am fostering a feral cat (actually a kitten) who was pregnant. We named her Poppy because she started looking like she was going to POP! She just had 4 kittens which I chronicle in my blog with pictures.

It was too late when I got her to abort the litter. I will however, once the kittens are weaned, I will socialize, test, spay/neuter, and find homes for them.

I will also be trying to socialize the momma, who is just a kitten herself and find her a home. No matter what, she will be spayed and if not able to be adopted, I'll see if I can get her adopted as a barn cat or she will go back to the feral cat colony that she came from.

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ASPCA's Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Resource

Find One In Your Area

Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Programs

ASPCA has a special link for you to find low-cost spay/neuter programs in your community. Simply go toLow-Cost Spay Neuter Programs and enter in your zip code and you'll get a list of the programs in your area.

What Do You Think?

Should TNR be the World's way to counteract overpopulation?

Absolutely, the only way to go.

Absolutely, the only way to go.

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    • Frankie Kangas 4 years ago from California

      @cheryl-l-thomas-5: Agreed. In another portion of the lens I share the other things I feel go into a more complete program. But the biggest issue is still people. Educating people about spaying/neutering, how to care for cats, and teaching at a very young age about cats and dogs being a part of the family, not some disposable object that you just leave behind, throw away or drop off at a shelter because they have become inconvenient.

    • cheryl-l-thomas-5 4 years ago

      TNR is not the whole solution, but it serves that population in the only way that is humane.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I am currently a dog & cat owner and a registered caregiver in my community. I have neutered, microchipped, and tamed my 2 current ferals,(one is now 6 years old and healthy as a horse) set them up with houses,and blankets for winter and boxes to play in so that they do not become trap shy for any future vet needs and 3 year rabies shots. I feed and offer water for birds and have very limited bird loss due to the cats. They usually lay around and watch the birds eat their food! What I don't have is rats, mice, skunk and opposum babies. The skunk have left and the opossum pass through without nesting. I love the TNR program! They do protect their territory, new cats, my neighbors appreciate the reduction of mice and rats. Although these cats would never tolerate being kept indoors, they have become loving members of my family.

    • WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      I like the idea of TNR, but in a perfect world, I would try to take it a step further and work towards trying to domestic them so they can get forever adoptive homes.

    • KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      The feral cat colonies I've helped have never been abandoned. Someone checks on them regularly. Most cats do very well with minimal intervention. If you kill them, others just show up in their place. It doesn't solve the problem.

    • pawpaw911 6 years ago

      My wife operates a light variation of the TNR program. Hers is.....feed them till they are so fat they can't walk, get them neutered, bring them home and feed them till they die of old age program. Nice lens.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Yes I think it is a very possitive step in the right direction to save an animals life.

    • Frankie Kangas 6 years ago from California

      Michelle,you can contact me at I don't know how painful the ear tipping is. I'll ask my vet. As far as PETA goes, they seem to believe that all feral cats live horrible lives and die horrible deaths. However my experience with small colonies who are cared for by human caregivers that the cats live well, free and happy lives. They are also fairly free of illness because a good caregiver will trap the cat and get them help when something is wrong. To say these cats live bad lives, what about the big cats in the world such as lions, cheetahs, tigers, etc?

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      i totally i agree that this is a good thing to do, i mean this whole TNR company isactually DOING SOMETHING to help. i was wondering though, does clipping the ears hurt the cats? and also do you have a email i can contact you through or a phone number id really like to talk to someone about some stuff thanks :) oh and another thing, why is PETA against this?

    • Lisa Marie Gabriel 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Cats do not ask to be abandoned to breed and fend for themselves. This is a problem humans are largely responsible for. TNR is a cost effective and humane way of mitigating that problem while respecting the cats' right to life.

    • RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      Yes. I can easily imagine that in the future people will begin to look on this irresponsibility by pet owners as "criminal" and extermination as unacceptable as genocide.

    • Alisha Vargas 8 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Obviously, the best thing is for everyone to take care of their cats, get them fixed, and not throw them out into the world where they reproduce until they die. Most people that truly care about animals agree on that. But, until we manage to get those basics through those people's heads, we have to save the cats somehow. The only solution that is capable of being done and that is truly humane is to trap, neuter, and release. Killing the cats is not the solution, other cats move in and the problem just continues. TNR works and is the best solution that we have until everyone starts caring about these animals' lives.

    • Frankie Kangas 8 years ago from California


      I did not say they did not pose a threat and NEVER harm native species; I said "...the OVERWHELMING cause of wildlife depletion is destruction of natural habitat due to man-made structures, chemical pollution, pesticides, and drought -- not feral cats."

      When humans have abandoned cats to fend for themselves and their families, they do just that. That is nature. What a good TNR caregiver does is remove the main reason for this behavior by keeping them fed. Do they still prey on wildlife? Yes, but not to a major destructive amount as people want to accuse them of.

      TNR cuts down the number of cats and their need to prey on wildlife. I know Hawaii (which I love) has an overwhelming amount of feral cats ALL due to humans. It is a major problem for them but they need to be very careful how they contain, control, remove the cats. See the story further up about the Australian Island that caused more problems from their killing of the feral cats there.

      Like most of life; the issue/solution isn't black and white. There is some gray area where we need to work in order to save lives -- all of them whether they be native or not. As humans it's time we stopped and found a better way to work with nature than by killing the problem.

      By the way, my ancestors were not native to this nation either. Were yours?

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Frankster, it is simply incorrect and misleading to say that feral cats do not pose a threat to, or NEVER harm native species. Feral cats like ANY OTHER invasive have the potential to cause destruction to native flora and fauna including endangered genus's. Some colonies do and some don't. If you don't believe me just ask any Hawaiian conservationist what feral cats are capable of. This is a great program for urban centers but something else needs to be figured for areas more sensitive ecosystems. I'm indifferent as to the method so long as native species and ecosystems are considered first.


      As long as its black and white with no room to compromise I can live with it. =)


    • Janet1 8 years ago

      Absolutely. I've saved 3 feral kittens, who after being in the wild for 8 months (fed by a friend) who are now in-door cats at her home and they love it and are quite tame!

    • TopStyleTravel 8 years ago

      It is the humane way to control overpopulation while allowing feral cats the right to live out their lives. Cats are beautiful and intelligent animals. People should help feral cats out if they need food, water or are sick, when needed. They probably help with rodent control too.

    • Deb Kingsbury 8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Yes, yes, yes. I wrote a lengthy comment above.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Yes! Great idea.

    • ZBT 8 years ago

      LIve and let live, I say.

    • RinchenChodron 8 years ago

      I have've had a feral cat, Kisser, for about 15 years and he's great. I love the TNR movement!

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Great lens!!!! Very informative. Just this morning I was thinking of writing a page on this topic, but you have done a fantastic job. Many people don't know about or understand TNR. Thanks for writing about it. I am lensrolling you to my sheltie rescue page.

    • anonymous 9 years ago

      I currently have a feral mother cat and her 5 kittens living on my front porch. I was feeding her and the kittens had been living under another neighbor's back porch until 7-8 wks old. They then showed up on my porch one morning. I wish the neighbor would have told me about these kittens at a much younger age since I could have taken them, fostered and found them homes. I've done that before and it turns out so well getting homes for these little ones. I've been trying to socialize the kittens (about 3 mos old now) hoping to get them friendly and find homes but they run away from most people. Three of the 5 will let me pet them and pick them up but not for very long. I'm hoping that I can at least find a local place to do TNR so they won't grow up to have more kittens. My neighbor wanted me to trap them and take to our local shelter but I had volunteered there years ago and they automatically euthanize ferals so I refuse to have anything to do with them. I would like to get them spayed/neutered within another month or two. I wish there were more feral rescue groups in this area. Some rescue groups don't want feral kittens at all so what's a cat lover to do.

    • Oosquid 9 years ago

      TNR is the best answer there is.

    • Frankie Kangas 9 years ago from California

      Cathy, I prefer to socialize and find homes for feral cats where possible too. When it is not possible, a good TNR program/caregiver takes care of the cats in the colony. If a cat seems sick or hurt, they are trapped again and taken to a vet. They aren't simply left to die in pain like cats just thrown out like garbage. ALL wild animals have the possibly getting sick or being injured. However, killing feral cats because they MAY get sick or injured, as some suggest, instead of using TNR just doesn't make sense.

    • anonymous 9 years ago

      TNR is one of the more compassionate ways to handle the problem. My fears are that they may die painfully or be savaged in the wild or on the streets, with disease. socialising them and finding good homes is better again, I am against killing of healthy animals. I have always taken stray cats in as pets.

    • KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      TNR works for feral cat populations. If cats are killed, new ones simple move into the territory. It only takes a few caring people to care for a colony.

    • Oran-Kangas 9 years ago

      TNR is the only humane thing to do. That along with making it mandatory for people to spay/neuter their cats (and dogs) AND fining people who abandon cats and dogs. Humans created the problem!

    No way. Extermination is the only way to stop overpopulation.

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      • Frankie Kangas 6 years ago from California

        To Junkmountain:

        TNR programs -- the ones I support and talk about here -- do NOT abandon the cats ones they are neutered and returned. Neutering is just step #1 for a TNR program. The caregiver then feeds and takes care of the feral cat(s) or colony. They provide some kind of shelter from the elements if none is available. They trap again if any cat seems sick and they get medical care for them. Cats do not want to fight. They fight over females when they are in heat and for food. If neutered, they do not fight over females; if they are fed, they do not fight over food. And, territory is basically claiming the land for those 2 purposes: females and food. These are taken care of. Also, if it appears that someone or something is hurting the cats, the caregiver works with animal control and law enforcement to stop it.

        TNR is really an abridged name of a complete program. Maybe the name should be changed to add another letter. For example: TNRM: Trap, Neuter, Spay and Maintain (or Monitor) OR "S" for support.

        Don't blame all TNR programs because some people only do the first step.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        I'd love to share the pictures I have of once beautiful cats with their skin stripped from their flesh. Life on the streets is horrific. All TNR does is address breeding but what about suffering. Why doesn't anyone address the suffering? Feral cats don't die peacefully. They fight everyday to survive. It's wrong. Trapping, Neutering, and Re-abandoning is wrong. And the choices given below are clearly an attempt to mislead. Shame on you!

      • Frankie Kangas 7 years ago from California

        To Mserene:

        No, feral cats do NOT have more of a right to live then other creatures. They DO, however, have the SAME right to live.

        This is not a black and white issue. We, as humans, need to take responsibility for what we've created by thowing cats away like garbage to fend for themselves. Killing is never the answer. Help us find another way to save feral cats by reducing them numbers humanely and save, as you say, "the creatures they prey on."

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        Feral cats do NOT have more of a right to live than all the countless native creatures they prey on. A cat naturally loves to kill, even when fed - they love to torture their victims before killing them. It is enjoyment to them and that is fact. No matter how much people feed the TNR colonies (or almost any cat) - they will still victimize innocent creatures. They are one of the very few species on the planet that literally ENJOYS the torture. The serial killers of the animal world. If you don't know or believe that, you are in total denial. They are ravishing our beautiful wildlife and destroying what is not native to them. So how do feral cats have MORE of a right to live then everything else??? I absolutely agree it's humans fault for letting cats breed, but humans have an overpopulation problem as well that is literally destroying our world and way of life. So wherever there is human selfishness then there will be these human perpetuated problems for the world. Feral cats are just one of the problems and we can't stop or contain it. They are a plague upon this earth and all the innocent creatures they destroy, not to mention the diseases they spread to humans and other creatures. I am sure there will be laws and bans in the future against feral cats, but like most laws it will be way too little too late to reverse the effects they have had on the world.

        And yes, my people ARE native to this country (just FYI in case I get the response like someone else was given earlier).

      • Frankie Kangas 8 years ago from California


        (1) Feral cats are NOT the cause of wildlife depletion: Studies show that the overwhelming cause of wildlife depletion is destruction of natural habitat due to man-made structures, chemical pollution, pesticides, and drought -- not feral cats.

        (2)As far as the cost, it is far cheaper to do TNR than to euthanize as studies have shown. Also, the cat colonies are fed and kept healthy NOT by taxpayer dollars but by caregivers out of their own pockets or donations. The cats live out their lives, as healthy as most cats owned by other folks as pets and they do NOT reproduce. I hate to say it, but we taxpayers pay out money due to irresponsible actions of a few (actually not-so-few) all the time: abortions, drunken drivers, vandals just to name three.

        (3) I agree that cats should live indoors. I keep all of mine in all of the time.

        The problem is irresponsible and/or uncaring people who discard cats (and dogs by the way) like they were a piece of trash rather than a living creature. And, others who do not neuter their pets. Millions of dogs and cats are routinely killed in shelters every year because of these stupid, uncaring, irresponsible people.

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        As long as the released cats aren't harming native species, especially endangered birds and small mammals. Also these programs cost money. Who is to pay for the irresponsible actions of few? Taxpayers I suppose.

        If people love cats so much, keep them indoors. Once they leave your house they become everyone's problem.

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          Loretta Livingstone 3 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

          What an excellent lens. I love what you are doing here.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Thank you, Frankie, for gathering so much information together in one place. This lens is a big help for those of us who want to help ferals.

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          Frankie Kangas 4 years ago from California

          @cheryl-l-thomas-5: Thank you for the kudos on the lens. Thank you also for your comment about Tara. I agree; many people expect their cats, dogs and even kids to be to behave a certain way. I always love finding out what each cat's personality will be and when they change, just like humans, it is a joy to see. They are after all, living, breathing being with their own needs, personality and quirks. I accept them for who they are. If they are not a lap cat so be it.

          I so feel very lucky to have shared 4 years we had with Tara. Lee, her soul mate, is still with us. He turns 14 yrs old on May 1 and was just diagnosed with lymphoma. It is a very sad time now but thinking about his wonderful relationship with little Tara today made me smile and brought me some comfort. I know he has had a great life with us. We got him he was 6 months old. He is loved and like Tara, he lives with us under his terms, except I control what he eats, of course, and he is an indoor only cat, as all of mine are but I do not try to change his personality or force him to be something he is not.

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          cheryl-l-thomas-5 4 years ago

          Love this lens! It has so much information in one place- I am definitely going to come back again and again.

          I especially want to thank you for giving Trudy four good years of life, on her terms. It is a blessing to find someone who can accept that their needs are not the only ones that matter.

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          Frankie Kangas 4 years ago from California

          @hntrssthmpsn: Thank you. I felt compelled to create it because of all of the wonderful feral cats and abandoned cats that end up fending for themselves and blamed for all of the wildlife destruction when the feral population is as big as it is because of human neglect, uncaring, self-centered attitude.

          Blaming cats for everything from killing wildlife, destroying habitat is just annoying. We humans should take the biggest part of the blame ourselves for all of the wildlife we kill because they are just in our way. We want our house on that pond, but we want to remove the wildlife habitat -- the undergrowth, the bushes, the trees -- and put in our cement and pools. We don't like snakes, voles, moles, gophers, foxes, bears, wildcats, mountain lions, etc. We are the problem, not cats. Heck, China blamed Cats for SARS. The also blamed dogs for rabies and the latest articles I read just this week said they've discovered that humans got the rabies not from the live dog but from the way they killed and processed the dogs for human consumption. They ate the dogs!!! and got rabies. ~shrug ~ Sorry I didn't mean to get all "activist" on you, but I've been reading these atrocious articles the past couple of days blaming cats for nearly everything. It's just disturbing.

          Thanks for the visit. I hope you visit my FIv Cat Rescue site too ( Bear hugs, Frankie

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          hntrssthmpsn 4 years ago

          This is a wonderful page! Our community has a very active volunteer TNR organization, and local vets donate their services to neuter & spay feral kitties.

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          Frankie Kangas 4 years ago from California

          @anonymous: Thank you Bonnie for all that you do for our feral feline friends. I hope that they show up so. I can imagine how worried you are. Bear hugs, Frankie

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I think it's a great site. Thanks so much. I have trapped, got fixed, trained & loved a few, finding them homes, keeping some, and just put 2 back out cause I had to move & couldn't keep them. Am going over to feed them every night, but last 2 nights have not seen them - So worried! Anyway, can relate. God Bless!

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          Frankie Kangas 4 years ago from California

          @Gypzeerose: Thank you for the kudos and for the work you do with cats. TNR saves a lot of lives. Bear hugs, Frankie

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          Rose Jones 4 years ago

          Another great lens - very helpful to animals. Pinned to my cats board and blessed! My family and I are signed up to volunteer at a local TNR.

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          MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

          We are definitely for TNR and are currently feeding several of the released cats who visit us daily (they refuse to come in so we made a shelter for them)--Really good lens-thanks

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          Afteretc 5 years ago

          a subject dear to my heart! i wrote a lens about TNR in Chicago! i hope it helps others. thanks for writing this lens - the more people know about TNR the safer our community cats will be!

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          Missy Zane 5 years ago

          Great lens about TNR. I'm not a big fan of trying to domesticate feral kittens or adults for a number of reasons. I think they're all best neutered/spayed and left outside with a caretaker. But this lens goes a long way towards winning hearts and minds on behalf of TNR and ferals.

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          WriterJanis2 5 years ago

          As someone who has worked with lots of ferals, I really appreciate your lens.

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          KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

          So much good info here. Trapping and neutering is smart and humane. We have a new addition to our feline family -- a kitten who showed up around the 4th of July. He loves our backyard and our other cats. We got him indoors a couple of times, but he's small enough to escape from the outdoor cat enclosure which all our cats have access to. Up next (don't tell him) shots and neutering. Wish me luck!

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          benzwm021 lm 6 years ago

          Also, I've read the "Unlikely Cat Lady" book. It's a great read and good look into the true side of TNR and its importance.

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          benzwm021 lm 6 years ago

          Great info for a worthy cause. The only way to prevent homeless animals is through spay/neuter programs to control animal overpopulation. Love your passion for the issue!

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          annamari 6 years ago

          Your lens is very informative and nicely done and will help many grow in understanding of how very important and necessary TNR is to feral cats and the communities in which they live. Thanks for your great work. My family and I have helped a couple of ferals, whom we have grown to love, with TNR. I think it is the best way. I'm glad that you told dear Tara's story and I was blessed by it.

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          ravi551854 6 years ago

          this is nice and cool lens related to cats

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          loanmodificationman 6 years ago

          This a beauty leans and it should be displayed as the lens of the week. I am building my lens up about loan modification and hope to have it as nice as yours.

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          Frankie Kangas 6 years ago from California

          @anonymous: Thanks for your kind words. I definitely will add the River city Community Animal Hospital to the list of low cost spay/neuter resources. Bear hugs, Frankster

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Thank you so much for this Lens, We have rescued both ferals and hard strays. They indeed deserve every chance. I have been rewarded with some of the most true love and affection it is possible to receive. I am placing this Lens on my Other Favorite Lens list because it is so important. Thanks again. P.S. I don't know if you'd be interested in adding it to your list, but there is a low cost spay/neuter that covers southern georgia and a great deal of northen florida, called River City Community Animal Hospital, .

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          Joan Hall 6 years ago from Los Angeles

          Clearly this lens is serving a purpose and allowing people to communicate with each other about a serious issue. I'm adding an Angel blessing to this lens and will feature it on my SquidAngel At Your Service lens.

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          Kiwisoutback 6 years ago from Massachusetts

          Outstanding work, this is a beautifully written lens. I've actually never heard of TNR, but it's a cause I definitely support. Thanks for spreading the word on Squidoo. Well done!

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          Tagsforkids 6 years ago

          Great lens and very informative. Now I just need to get help in the neighborhood before we are completely overrun with feral cats. Thanks for the enlightenment, it will be a help!

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          three c86a4 6 years ago

          Your lens is terrific! I agree with TNR and my city just opened up a shelter for this just last month. 5 stars!! Thanks for all the information.

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          Lisa Marie Gabriel 6 years ago from United Kingdom

          Blessing this lens not just because I believe so strongly that TNR is right, but also because you have created such a rational, well thought-out, balanced and beautifully crafted lens! Thank you!

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          Rita-K 7 years ago

          I am so glad that I came across your lens...very well done. Thank you for all that you give to our fuzzy is so wonderful to have an opportunity to meet someone who cares! My husband and I live in the country and there are so many kittens that have ended up at our door, unwanted and needing a little love. How anyone can look into the eyes of these innocents and not want to protect them and give them a chance to know life, I will never understand! All my best wishes for you and your husband! I look forward to reading all of your work!

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          Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

          Excellent coverage of this topic. I'm lensrolling this to Sam: Feline Leukemia Survivor.

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          Thank you so much for writing this lens. We have feral cats(now not roaming) been working with TNR program. That is truly the answer for out cats! We love our cats.

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          Susanna Duffy 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

          Excellent Frankster, but what else could be expected from you? I always appreciate your work on the animals who really need our help. There are so many! Feral cats are indeed a major worry in many counties and TNR is an humane way to solve the problem of feral breeding. Blessed by an Angel who loves Animals (

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          JenOfChicago LM 7 years ago

          Great lens!

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          Lisa Marie Gabriel 8 years ago from United Kingdom

          Wonderful lens! I adore cats and what you did for Tara was amazing. Most of my cats have come as strays or rescues and I presently feed a feral at mum's house. (Our own fat feral as too friendly to be anything other than a busker cat! Thank you for this story.

          All the best,

          Lisa :)

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          For the past 15 years I have dedicated my life to TNR and the ethical & humane treatment of feral cats. I have written 2 books on and about feral cats, their social structure, etc...

          Contrary to some, feral cats are subjected to the same disease that domestics are. Also they stand the same chance of being run over by a car as the cat who's owner lets freely roam.

          In TNRed and managed colonies, feral cats thrive and can live long healthy lives just like the indoor neighbor. As far as bird depletion, one must look carefully at how humans are depleting and destroying natural habitat with pesticides, poisons, deforestation and so on.

          Feral cats are deserving of respect and life. Many of these cats once belonged to someone and abandoned and without human contact long enough, they only revert to the cat's true natural instinct.

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          Frankie Kangas 8 years ago from California

          [in reply to kattwild] Yes, I think all cats belong indoors too. However, until such time as we get people to stop abandoning or throwing cats away like trash we'll have feral cats. The TNR method, if followed correctly, will help keep the numbers down.

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          kattwild 8 years ago

          I think all native birds, amphibians and lizards etc. need to be protected from exotic non-native predators. Even neutered ferile cats will want to eat whatever they find and it will not always be non-native rodents. Cats are wonderful companions but they belong indoors. Wearing a bell is not enough. Check out cat t-shirts, neckties, pens and magnets at retail to share with your cat friends or in wholesale quantity to resell and fund rescue efforts at

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          This feral cat spqay/neuter idea is a great one. Keep up the good work.

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          RuthCoffee 8 years ago

          What do I think of this lens? It's fabulous. It should answer any and all questions on the topic, you've presented a fair and balanced look at TNR. The work you do is important and I appreciate your passion for the topic. I have cats that were found as strays although they are domesticated, they choose to spend at least 1/2 of their time outdoors, and I think they are happier and healthier for it. But, I am responsible, they are identified and neutered (and I couldn't love them any more than I do)!!!

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          Alisha Vargas 8 years ago from Reno, Nevada

          Great lens! TNR is so important! It really does make a difference and saves so many kitty's lives. I only have two ferals living with me right now, both of which came from feral colonies, but both are wonderful sweethearts.

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          religions7 8 years ago

          Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

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          Janusz LM 8 years ago

          Love this Lens! Blessed by a Squid Angel :)

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          Hi, My name is T, from It Matters To Me Blogspot. Thank you for using my quote on your page.

          Thank you for an excellent Lens. I hope this page reaches many people, and helps educate people more on TNR and what it is all about.

          Feral cats and strays are a huge passion for me. I strive to not just care for my colonies, but also to tame ferals and rehome when and if I can. Taming ferals is very difficult, and many times can not be done, but that is only because it takes time, which many people just don't have. It has taken me at times, 2-3 years, just to tame a feral, before I can bring them in, or adopt them out, but time is what I give them.

          All the ferals and strays deserve a chance.

          Thank you for doing your part in caring and educating.

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          TopStyleTravel 8 years ago

          Another great lens done very well. 5 stars!

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          I wish more towns encouraged TNR programs. In our small town we fundraised to have cats neutered at no charge to their owners. Our vet charged us a basic amount. In only a couple of years over 400 cats were steralized. There are only 4000 residents in our town so that is pretty good. It is now being trialled in other towns close by.


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          SalonOfArt 8 years ago

          I have read the book Redemption by Nathan Winograd that you have on this lens. You are absolutely right it will change how people think about overpopulation of pets. I was stunned by the book.

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          Deb Kingsbury 8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

          I'm all in favor of TNR if one can't TN and keep. Speaking of making pets of feral cats, though ... I know from experience once being the caretaker of a farm where the owners rescued cats (etc.), that turning a feral cat--even a feral kitten--into a tame pet can and often does take a LOT of work. And, no matter the effort, it doesn't always work. My elderly mom was "given" a feral kitten that was trapped and spayed. It was the vet that gave it to her, saying, "Here's a great kitten to keep your other cat company." Uh-huh. Despite all the love and caring in the world, though, that kitten is wild. In-bread perhaps. So oftentimes returning the feral cats from whence they came may be for the best, in my opinion.

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          Bambi Watson 8 years ago

          great Lens! Kitty Wompuss gives it 5*, he was once a scared little feral kitty, now he is neutered and big, but still doesn't like other cats because of his foster home experience, but he loves dogs...thanks for visiting his lens!

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          kezan98 lm 8 years ago

          Thanks for joining the Cat Party Group, We've given you a top rating for this cat lens

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          anna_michaels 8 years ago

          I'm a lifelong cat lover. When I was a child we always got our cats from the pound. Great lens.

          And welcome to the Something Can be Done about it Group!

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          Frankie Kangas 8 years ago from California

          [in reply to d-artist] Hi. I could not find your feral cat lens. It is not listed on your Lensmaster bio page and you do not have "contact me" activated so I can't even send you an email. So, I hope you return to read this.

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          Delia 8 years ago

          back again...great lens...check out my feral kitty lens! wish I could vote again...

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          Yvonne L. B. 8 years ago from Covington, LA

          It is better than killing cats, but as you said, we need to break the cycle of irresponsible pet owners so that the birds will not suffer. You sound so like my friend who does her own TNR. We take care of her tribe when she travels. Welcome to the Naturally Native Squids group. Don't forget to add your lens link to the appropriate plexo and vote for it.

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          ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

          Welcome to the Totally Awesome Lenses Group.


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          anonymous 8 years ago

          Good for you! Great job on this lens 5*s :)

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          ZBT 8 years ago

          Woo hoo... You do love cats! And more importantly, boy are they lucky to have a friend and supporter like you!!! Your passion for cats "reeks" here in your lens, and is a beautiful tribute to our feline, furry friends too. I love your enthusiasm for cats and this lens!

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          julieannbrady 8 years ago

          Ah, I see National Feral Cat Day is October 16th -- wouldn't that be great to have this as the LOTD for that day? ;)

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          Achim Thiemermann 8 years ago from Austin, Texas

          5*s, fav'd, lensrolled to my "Singing Dogs Video Showcase" ;-)

          Oh, yeah - and a hearty SquidAngel Blessing for this super effort!

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          Patricia 8 years ago

          Thanks for the lensroll. I lensrolled this lens to my animal lenses including Lucky's lens. That is so cool that you rescue cats! Thank you for your heart and for caring for animals so much! You are a blessing!

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          RinchenChodron 8 years ago

          Hi - wonderful lens ***** I volunteered at the local animal shelter and they did kill more cats than dogs - they did not have a TNR program. I'm glad to learn that there is a movement to do this. My own cat Kisser is ferral and is now about 15 years old. Still not a lap cat, but I love him.

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          Patricia 8 years ago

          Cool hip hop cat!

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          RuthCoffee 8 years ago

          Outstanding lens. I finally got around to doing one on my kitties. (Abandoned Kittens) When I did, I came across your lens and felt I had to at least link to it, it's got tons of good info. Thanks for putting it together!

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          EelKat13 9 years ago

          great lens! I'm adding this one as a feature lens on my lens for The Pidgie Fund

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          anonymous 9 years ago

          Really great we could use someone like you to help us in Petaluma go here

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          Delia 9 years ago

          outstanding lens! I just TNR'd a kitty and she in turn has come back and become the most loving thankful kitty I have ever come across...

          I can not stand irresponsible pet owners they make this happen to innocent animals, it is so wrong...I want to do a lens on my feral kitty...5*s

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          julieannbrady 9 years ago

          Frankie -- this is a terrific lens and wonderful resource! It's great to find another lensmaster who gets what I am doing managing our feral cat colony! Thanks for dropping by my FCNMHP lens to say hello and for the invite. 5 stars and blessings.

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          anonymous 9 years ago

          Great lens, very informative, I really appreciate your effort.


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          KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

          Thank you for educating people about feral cats. Our menagerie includes several feral rescues. I've given this a blessing and have featured it on my Squid Angel Diary this week.

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          akrause2112 9 years ago

          Thank you for building this amazing lens! This is a subject matter I feel very strongly about and I feel you have put together wonderful education on the subject! I am proud to feature this lens in the BIG LENSES Group!

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          carrieokier 9 years ago

          Thanks for bringing attention to this topic. Excellent job!

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          jerryg5706 9 years ago

          Excellent Lens, as a dog and cat lover I found your lens very iformative. It took a while to read it all, but very educational. I've been writing about airline pet carriers, as I think it's very important for folks to know the right way to travel with your pet. Loved the lens, and looking forward to updates.

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          ashleyo 9 years ago

          Great lens, perfect for a presentation!

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          HowToGetFreeWebHosting 9 years ago

          I Love Your Lens! 5 Stars! People need good "How To" Information. You're invited to visit my lens too. Anthony

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          Oosquid 9 years ago

          Absolutely superb lens. Trap neuter return is the way to go. Thank you very much for your well presented information. 5 stars

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          Frankie Kangas 9 years ago from California

          Alley Cat Rescue -- thank you for leaving your website name. Thank you for saving feral cats. I've added you to the section: Informational Resources on TNR.

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          anonymous 9 years ago

          For more information on TNR and feral cats, please visit Alley Cat Rescue's website at Click on the Cat Action link to find a feral cat group in your area.

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          Frankie Kangas 9 years ago from California

          Stephen, the answer is neither with a good TNR program that includes the relocation of feral colonies that are near endangered birds. Some birds are still going to die just like the cats and kittens that are killed by owls and eagles. Also, cats are NOT the only animals that kill birds.

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          BullyForUs 9 years ago

          Great lens! I'm trying to tame and rehome two feral kittens and their momma - so I really need advise and info! 5 stars!

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          anonymous 9 years ago

          Which is better, kill one feral cat or let 157 birds per year die?

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          anonymous 9 years ago

          I already know about TNR & have been helping feral cats in my neighborhood for 2 yrs. now. I was an HSUS member for yrs (still am) but never did I learned from them about extending compassion to feral cats. Thank you for spreading the word about TNR. Great job!

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          Frankie Kangas 9 years ago from California

          Longhornmama, Kill shelters do NOT take in ferals-they kill them. The point is ferals can live out their lives like many other wild animals. Why kill them? There are also many people who will feed, neuter and vaccinate them. TNR and responsible ownership is what's humane. No cat should have to die.

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          longhornmama 9 years ago

          While I support the conversion of ferals to reasonable life, I have seen first hand the plight of the feral. I live with several that "came around". The fact is, a kill shelter usually has to kill the adoptables to make room for the ferals. Where's the logic in that?

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          kautagne 9 years ago

          Wow! Great info. I signed the petition to help the Feral cats and think that what you are doing to help them is very admirable. Bless your heart Frankie and keep up the wonderful work.

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          ChristopherScot1 9 years ago

          Great lens! I like the stories of individual cats that you tell. Keep up the hard work. Come over to A DAY OF HOPE

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          Gatsby LM 9 years ago

          Oh that is so sweet! 5* Dog Whisper With Rena

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          DogWhisperWoman1 9 years ago

          Nice work! 5* All animals deserve a chance. Dog Whisper Woman

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          Johann The Dog 9 years ago from Northeast Georgia

          My kittie brother Wolfie was feral (8 mos.) when Mum found him. When folks would come by to catch him, he ran away. But he came right up to my Mum, so she took him home. He still to this day won't go near people, us dogs and barely tolerates Wiggy, my other kittie brother. But he loves Mum. Thanks!

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          mmason 9 years ago

          Wonderful information and fabulous lens. You tell it so well. It is such a needed topic of information. Thank you! 5 stars and favorite.

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          anonymous 9 years ago

          Great lens! Thank you so much for sharing!

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          Karendelac 9 years ago

          5 Stars for you !

          I recently connected with the Feral Cat rescue that handled 17 Feral cats in LA. All safely returned after being fixed. Los Angeles has a programme to pay the vets for this service.This is a wonderfully informative site. Best/Karen

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          cabindavid 10 years ago

          I really learned a lot. You have doen such a wonderful job. Keep up the exceptional work.

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          Frankie Kangas 10 years ago from California

          Philamena -- sure, I LOVE to talk about cats. You can probably tell by all my cat lenses! The more people know how wonderful cats are and how to save them, whether they're feral or at a shelter waiting to be adopted, the better.

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          Philamena 10 years ago

          Thanks for sharing this info! I've been doing TNR for the past 8 years and you did a great job of describing it. Five stars here for sure!

          I'm starting a new lens giving answers to cat behavior problems - looking to interview experts on specific problems. Could we talk about your experience?

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          anonymous 10 years ago

          You're on my lens roll; please, keep up the great work!

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          Janet1 10 years ago

          Wonderful lens. I learned a lot. Thanks you! 5 stars. Made it a favorite.

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          Janet1 10 years ago

          Wonderful lens. I learned a lot. Thanks you! 5 stars. Made it a favorite.