What is Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return?
Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return commonly referred to as TNVR is not only humane, but is the most effective method for controlling feral cat population growth.
TNVR benefits the cats and the community. Using this technique, community/feral cats living outside are trapped, neutered, left ear-tipped (universal symbol of a sterilized cat), vaccinated against rabies, distemper and other core viruses, microchipped and returned to their outdoor home. TNVR stops the Cycle!
Palm Beach County Ordinance 98-22
Palm Beach County Ordinance 98-22 allows trap-neuter-vaccinate-return and outlines requirements for these cats. (They must be spayed / neutered, vaccinated against rabies, microchipped and they must have a left ear crop indicating that they have been sterilized.)
Community cats cannot be relocated. They will travel miles to return to their homes and often become victims of car accidents and other trauma.
If you begin to trap and remove the cats, other cats will move into the territory and will fill the space left behind by the removed cats. This is called the “Vacuum Effect.” The new cats integrate into the area and produce more kittens. This leads to renewed calls for trapping and removal and the cycle continues to repeat.
Cats that are trapped and removed are taken to Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control where they are anesthetized to scan for a microchip. If no microchip is found, the cats are spayed or neutered, receive core vaccinations including rabies vaccination, are microchipped, and then are returned to their outdoor home provided that they are in good health.
Whether you love or loathe community cats, Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR) is the answer to effectively reducing the number of these cats. TNVR reduces most cat-related nuisances and is a benefit to public health and safety. By helping community cats in need, you will be part of the solution to the overpopulation crisis. You will also lessen the burden on overcrowded shelters and rescue groups.
Advantages of TNVR (and why we recommend it)
- It immediately stabilizes the size of the colony by eliminating new litters.
- The nuisance behavior associated with feral cats is dramatically reduced, including the yowling and fighting that come with mating activity and the odor of unneutered males spraying to mark their territories.
- The returned cat guards its territory, preventing unsterilized cats from moving in and beginning the cycle of overpopulation and problem behavior.
- To reduce the number of kittens and cats flowing into local shelters. This results in lower euthanasia rates and the increased adoption of cats already in the shelters.
- The best place for kittens younger than eight weeks old is with their mother, if at all possible.
- Kittens over 12 weeks should be trapped, spayed or neutered, amd returned to their home territory.
Palm Beach County Communities with Successful TNVR Programs
Here are just some of the communities within Palm Beach County with successful TNVR programs (no new kittens and a significant reduction in adult cats).
Admiral's Cove, BallenIsles, Delaire Country Club, Ibis Golf and Country Club, Lost Tree Village, Newport Bal Club, Village of Golf, Village of Tequesta, Town of Palm Beach