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Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) Program

Baltimore County Animal Services (BCAS) has a free Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) Program that focuses on effectively and humanely reducing the number of community cats living on our streets. Community cats are the unowned stray cats who live outside in our neighborhoods.

Call the TNR Hotline at 410-887-2727 for information about the TNR Program, humane deterrents and how to get involved. We try to return calls in a timely manner, but at times it could take up to two weeks to hear back from TNR staff.

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An ear-tipped cat.

In an effort to reduce the unowned cat population, the TNR Program provides:

  • Spay or neuter
  • Rabies vaccine
  • FVRCP vaccine
  • Revolution (flea treatment and de-wormer)
  • Microchipping (all cats will be scanned for a microchip prior to implanting)
  • A green or blue tattoo line on their abdomen
  • Humane trapping of outdoor cats as well as a free trap loan program
  • Ear-tipping—the tip of the left ear is surgically removed. An ear-tip is the universal symbol of a spayed or neutered outdoor cat.
  • Return of the cats to their outdoor home after they recover from surgery

Benefits of Spay and Neuter

The benefits of spaying and neutering the unowned cat population include:

Unowned cats.
  • Stops breeding and prevents unwanted litters of kittens
  • Saves taxpayer dollars by keeping cats out of animal shelters
  • Helps improve the health and quality of life of outdoor cats
  • Reduces nuisance behaviors like spraying, fighting, howling and roaming

How You Can Help

Call the TNR Hotline at 410-887-2727 to tell us about stray cats with no ear-tip who need spaying or neutering, and to learn how you can feed and care for outdoor cats. We try to return calls in a timely manner, but at times it could take up to two weeks to hear back from TNR staff. Find more useful information in the TNR Program flyers:

 
Revised October 4, 2017         

 

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