East Baton Rouge Parish faces a population crisis of homeless cats. Most of the cats are feral, meaning wild, or stray, which means they were probably once owned, but became lost or abandoned. Often referred to as free-roaming, feral and stray cats reproduce rapidly, leading to an overpopulation of unwanted animals.
Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is a humane, cost-effective way to decrease the population of feral and stray cats within a community. It involves trapping all the cats in a colony (a group of related cats), having them spayed or neutered, returning the cats back to their territory and providing them with food and shelter. Whenever possible, kittens and friendly cats are adopted out instead of being returned to the area they were picked up from.
There are many caring people in our community who make sure these free-roaming cats are looked after, from feeding them to trapping them and taking them to the vet to have them fixed. Spay Baton Rouge financially assists these caregivers in having the animals spayed or neutered through our TNR program.
The Benefits of TNR
- Controls the pet population, permanently reducing the number of cats in an area
- Lowers the impound rate of cats into shelters, saving tax dollars!
- Reduces the spread of disease
- Discourages unaltered cats from moving into a territory guarded by a neutered colony, preventing the cycle of reproduction from starting anew
- Reduces the noise from fighting, odor from spraying, and more litters of kittens
Community Cat Program
Spay Baton Rouge proudly collaborates with the Companion Animal Alliance (CAA) to help fix feral and stray cats through CAA’s Community Cat Program, which employs a concept similar to TNR, called Shelter-Neuter-Return (SNR). Since the inception of the Community Cat Program in the fall of 2014, East Baton Rouge Parish has seen a major increase in the live release rate of cats impounded at our local animal control.