What is TNR?
TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release) is a method of spay/neuter for outdoor, feral cats. The York County SPCA’s TNR program is called SOS (Spay Our Strays). Outdoor, feral cats rapidly reproduce causing an overflow in our community and in our shelter. Participating in TNR is a great way to manage feral cats and feral cat colonies.
What is the Process?
Call our program coordinator at (717)764-6109 ext 125 to make an appointment for surgery.
- Walk-ins accepted at 8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday . They will be considered back-ups and we prefer only one back-up per client. Cats eligible for this program must be in a humane trap not a carrier. The feral will not be accepted if it arrives in a carrier.
Trap the cat(s) and bring them to us.
- For the safety of the cat (and our staff), all cats must come in a humane, live-release trap. York County SPCA has traps available to rent for a $50 refundable deposit.
- Always provide fresh water for cats regardless of age.
- Always cover the trap with a sheet, towel or blanket. This provides a much needed sense of security for the cat during transport.
- Make sure the trap is set in a safe place where the cat cannot be affected by inclement weather.
All patients will receive a spay/neuter surgery and rabies vaccination
- Cats’ left ears will be tipped for future identification.
- Cats’ will also receive a green scoring tattoo
- You may opt for additional vaccines, FelV testing, flea treatment and parasite treatment. This may be discussed when the animal is dropped off.
All SOS feral cats will stay overnight and will be available for pickup at 8am the following day. Cats held over from Friday to Saturday will be available for pickup between 9:00am and 10:00am at the clinic. A cat that arrived in a trap will not be transferred to a carrier at pick up. Ideally and if possible, you should not release the cat for 24 hours. It is very important that the cat is kept safe and dry inside the trap at least overnight prior to releasing. This will give the cat time to better recover from surgery. You may also want to refrain from releasing the cat during inclement weather such as rain or snow so the surgical site can stay dry.