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Chesapeake Feline Association 

Trap, Neuter, Return/Rescue (TNR) Program

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What is TNR?

TNR is a program in which we trap, neuter, and release cats back into their environment. Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs are used throughout the country to reduce the cat population and to improve the lives of the community cats. Community cats are domestic cats. The difference is that community cats are unowned and generally not socialized to people, so they cannot be adopted. But community cats are not homeless. They have a home: the outdoors. When CFA is part of a TNR program, the cat’s health is considered prior to releasing them back. Cats in poor health or ones which can no longer defend themselves are taken in by CFA and found homes appropriate for their situation.

The best way you can help community cats is through Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). TNR ensures no new kittens are born, stabilizes cat populations, provides vaccines, and improves cats’ lives. It also stops the behaviors and stresses associated with mating such as yowling, spraying, and fighting.

What is Ear-Tipping and Why Is It Important?

Ear-tipping is a widely accepted means of marking a community cat who has been spayed or neutered. Ear-tipping is the humane, safe surgical removal of the top quarter-inch of the left or right ear. The procedure is performed by a licensed veterinarian, typically during the spay/neuter surgery and rarely requires aftercare. Ear-tipping prevents an already-spayed or neutered cat the stress of re-trapping and an unnecessary surgery.

Chesapeake Feline Association is a proud supporter of this and has brought TNR to several areas around Cecil and Harford County. Our goal is to decrease the stray population and help the homeless cats.

How much does TNR Program costs?

There is no cost for TNR services. Chesapeake Feline Association Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) program is funded by private donations and a grant from the Maryland Department of Agriculture.

The Spay and Neuter TNR Program includes the following:


  • Spay or neuter

  • Rabies vaccine

  • Distemper

  • Ear Dock


If you are in need of TNR assistance, please contact us by clicking the button below! 

We are also looking for volunteers for TNR assistance!

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