TNVR Aids Stray Cats
Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate, Return (TNVR) is the most humane and effective way to reduce the free-roaming, un-owned cat population!
In 2013, The Humane Society of Pinellas played an integral part in passing the Pinellas County ordinance that made TNVR legal in our community. TNVR aids in reducing the stray cat population by spaying and neutering community cats, as well as reducing the spread of disease through appropriate vaccinations.
What is TNVR?
TNVR is a process in which cats are humanely captured in traps in order to have them altered. The majority of these cats are not social with humans, so they are lured into traps with food. Once inside the trap, the cat’s weight triggers the trap door to close and the cat is safely enclosed inside.
The cat is then transported to a participating organization for spay/neuter surgery. The cat is also vaccinated and its left ear is tipped so community members know the animal is altered. Once recovered, the cat is returned to its colony to live out the remainder of its natural life.
Benefits of TNVR
Humanely reducing the free-roaming cat population is only one of the many benefits of TNVR. Since all cats in the program are vaccinated against viruses such as rabies and distemper, the risk of other animals and humans contracting these diseases is reduced.
Altered cats are less likely to exhibit nuisance behaviors, such as howling, fighting, roaming and urine marking. Furthermore, TNVR supports HSP’s mission of reducing shelter euthanasia, as these cats are no longer able to reproduce and overpopulate our community.
How You Can Help
The Humane Society of Pinellas offers humane trap rentals through our Pet Resource Office. Please note that HSP does not trap community cats. All trapping must be done by the individual or by humane trapping organizations, such as Meow Now!
Our Pet Resource Team does not provide sterilization surgeries, however we can provide you with all the information you will need to know regarding humanely trapping the cat(s) and where you can go for additional resources.