Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)

What is Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)?
Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is a humane and nonlethal method to manage the number of community cats in our neighborhoods. The goal is to humanely trap outdoor cats, take them to a clinic for spay/neuter, vaccinate them against rabies, and return healthy cats to their outdoor homes. While at the clinic, we will also ear-tip the cats to make them easily identified as already altered & vaccinated. This is a TNR best practice.

What is ear-tipping?
While the cat is under anesthesia for spay/neuter, the veterinarian also removes the tip of the left ear. Ear-tipping is an easily recognized sign that signifies a community cat was already surgically altered and is unable to reproduce. This visual sign helps caretakers and trappers to know at a glance that a cat doesn’t need to go to the clinic for surgery. Please note that while all ear-tipped cats are surgically altered, this does not mean all cats with intact ears are in need of spay/neuter. Some cats seen outside may be owned, and have already been altered.

Do I Need An Appointment for Surgery?
HSC accepts Community Cats for surgery on a walk-in basis on certain days of the week. Due to staff shortage, HSC has made the difficult decision to pause TNR services for the month of October. We will share the updated calendar here when services resume.

Where do I take a community cat for spay/neuter?
All TNR surgeries are performed at the Humane Society of Charlotte Animal Resource Center located at 1348 Parker Dr, Charlotte, NC 28208.

How much do TNR services cost?
A fee of $25 per cat will be collected for Trap-Neuter-Return surgery. The Humane Society of Charlotte considers TNR to be a vital service we offer our community and will continue to offer TNR surgeries at a reduced rate.

How do I Borrow a Humane Cat Trap?

Trap Rentals are available Monday through Wednesday between the hours of 9:30AM-2:30PM. Trap rentals will begin on Monday, June 20th. 

Please note, with all the services we provide to the community, we are unable to provide traps outside of these hours.

A Trap Rental Fee of $10 per trap for 14 days will be collected at the time of rental. Rental fees do not offset spay/neuter costs and are non-refundable, but instead allow us to continue and maintain the Trap Bank.

To rent a trap, we will require placing a credit card number on file, however the initial rental fee may be paid with cash if needed.

If the trap is not returned by the agreed-upon date, a trap replacement fee of $80 will be applied to the card on file.

If you have questions about our TNR program, please contact the Spay/Neuter Clinic.

Please download our Trapping Guidelines for instructions on operating our traps.

For more information on Trap-Neuter-Return, please contact the Spay/Neuter Clinic at 704-333-4130 or via email at