Rhode Island has an estimated 75,000 stray cats in the state. We believe that the best way to solve the cat overpopulation crisis in RI is through a multi-pronged approach that includes foster & adoption, spay & neuter, and trap-neuter-return. Our Community Cats team works closely with caregivers to identify and provide services to unowned cats throughout Rhode Island. These vital services include spay/neuter, vaccinations, and flea & parasite treatment. By providing these services, we can break the needless breeding cycle and help community cats live healthier lives.
When possible, cats with adoption potential are moved into a foster home for socialization and eventual adoption. Ten Lives understands that not all cats can be socialized to humans and we respect their unique needs. In these situations, cats are returned to their outdoor homes so they can continue to thrive; also known as trap-neuter-return.
Trap-neuter-return, also known as TNR, is utilized for cats who cannot be socialized to humans. After receiving spay/neuter and vaccination services, these cats are returned to their outdoor homes, also known as a “colony”. Cats who have been TNR’d have an ear tip, which is a universal symbol that the cat has been spayed/neutered and vaccinated, and that there is no need to trap them unless medically neccessary. In Rhode Island, these cats have a left ear tip.
Generally, colony cats are cared for by multiple community members. They are great at knowing where to find food! TNR is the most humane and effective approach to caring for community cats who live outdoors. To learn more about TNR and the Vacuum Effect, please visit Alley Cat Allies.