Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR) is a program in which free roaming cats are humanely captured in traps, spayed/neutered, and vaccinated. Once fully recovered, the cat is returned to its original colony to live out the remainder of its life. Furthermore, these community cats are managed by a caretaker who provides food, adequate shelter and monitoring of the cat's health. TNVR is the most efficient and humane way of stabilizing community, feral cat populations.
There are many benefits to TNVR, with the biggest impact being humanely reducing the free-roaming cat population. Since all cats in the program are vaccinated against viruses, such as rabies and distemper, the risk of other animals and/or humans contracting these diseases is reduced. By altering and vaccinating these community cats, we are providing them with the opportunity for a healthier life with additional longevity.
TNVR also positively impacts behavior; altered cats are less likely to exhibit nuisance behaviors, such as howling, fighting, roaming and urine marking. By spaying and neutering feral cats, we reduce the cat population, which in turn reduces the number of cats that are turned into shelters.
Ear-tipping is a widely accepted means of marking a community cat who has been spayed or neutered. Ear-tipping is the humane, safe surgical removal of the top quarter-inch of the left ear. The procedure is performed during the spay/neuter surgery and rarely requires aftercare. Ear-tipping prevents an already-spayed or neutered cat the stress of re-trapping and an unnecessary surgery.
Encompass Animal Care and Health follows the Feral Cat Sterilization Guidelines developed by the ASPCA. For more information on the program and guidelines set in place, please visit the ASPCA's link below.
All feral cat surgeries require an appointment. Please do not trap without an appointment scheduled. We do not take walk-ins. All cats must weigh 3lbs in order to receive surgery.
For the safety of the animals and our staff, all feral, barn, community and free-roaming cats must be contained in a humane trap. Trapping should be planned with the appointment date in mind for the health and well-being of the animal. Traps should be covered with a sheet, blanket, or large towel to reduce stress. NO EXCEPTIONS.
The caregiver must follow post-op instructions which will be given following the procedure. Male cats can be released 12-24 hours following the surgery and female cats can be released 24-48 hours after. Do not relocate the cat after the procedure, always release where you have trapped or found them. The best time to release a cat is at dawn or dusk after they have fully recovered and away from any potential hazards.
Our feral cat package is $75.00 and includes the spay/neuter surgery, one dose of Revolution for the month (flea and tick control), Rabies vaccine, FVCRP vaccine, and ear-tipping. Pain meds to go home are not included.
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