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Feral Cat TNR Program

What is it?

The Feral Cat Trap Neuter Return (TNR) Program provides for the reduction of the feral cat population in the City through animal sterilization instead of euthanasia.

How does it work?

Feral cats within the City are trapped, sterilized, vaccinated for rabies, and returned to the feral cat colony where they were trapped, if possible.  By placing the feral cat back into the colony, it prevents other cats from entering into or effectively filling the void left by the trapped cat.  Studies have proved that sterilization of over 80 percent of the feral cat within a cat colony leads to a substantial decline of the feral cat population over a few years.

What if I don't want the feral cat returned to my neighborhood?

Returning the feral cat back to its colony provides the most effective means of reducing the population of the feral cat colony over time.  However, if the resident doesn't want the feral cat returned to their neighborhood, the feral cat can be relocated to other cat colonies within the City or to rural areas to serve as barn cats.

Who can participate?

City of Farmers Branch residents or 501 (c) 3 animal welfare agencies who will trap feral cats within the City of Farmers Branch.  All feral cats must have been trapped within the city limits of Farmers Branch.

How do I participate?

Contact the City of Farmers Branch Animal Services at 972.919.8770 and request a cat trap or visit the Animal Adoption Center, located at 3727 Valley View Lane during business hours.

How is the program funded?

Thanks to a grant from PetSmart Charities®, funding is available to sterilize, vaccinate, and return approximately 900 feral cats, or about 100 percent of the estimated feral cat population within the City over the next two years.

What are the benefits for the City?

1)  Saving 100-200 feral cats per year that are historically euthanized in the City;

2)  Reduce the feral cat population to low levels where continued, limited trapping, beyond the grant period will be successful in further reduction, or possible elimination of the colony(s) of feral cats within the City;

3)  Reduce the risk of rabies transmission by trapping and vaccinating feral cats;

4)  Public health benefits from consumption of birds, rats, mice, and insects that could carry or transmit West Nile Virus, Hanta Virus, and many other communicable diseases;

5)  Save the City approximately $5,000 annually in costs associated with trapping, housing, and euthanizing feral cats; and

6)  Save valuable space in cat cages within the animal shelter that can be utilized for the care and adoption of domesticated cats especially as the human population and therefore the animal population continues to grow within the City.