Trap Neuter Return Program
Pre-Operative Care for Cats
Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is a non-lethal management plan in which stray and
feral cats already living outdoors are humanely trapped, evaluated, vaccinated,
and sterilized by veterinarians. Please read these instructions carefully before
beginning the process. If you have any questions, please call PAWS at
717-957-8122, Box #3, or go to the Alley Cat Allies web site at www.alleycat.org
for more guidance.
Each cat MUST BE in a separate trap or carrier. Carriers MUST BE of manageable type,
size, and weight and MUST be a hard shell cat carrier. Dog kennels, cardboard boxes,
crates, animal cages and similar containers are not acceptable. They endanger the safety of our
participating vets, their staff, and our volunteers, in addition to compromising the security of the
DO NOT BRING :.
-Cats with upper respiratory infections or other major illnesses
-Cats with significant injuries
-Cats that are under the required age / weight of 12 weeks / 3 pounds
-Cats that are intended to be pets. (TNR clinics are for cats that will be returned to their
outdoor home only.)
SERVICES PERFORMED AT CLINIC:
All cats will be ear-tipped (No exceptions) If this cat is to be a pet, please
cancel and call or check online for low-cost options.
Spayed or neutered,
Legally vaccinated against Rabies, and when possible Distemper and three
common upper-respiratory viruses;
Provided with a post-operative antibiotic injection,
Treated for worms / parasites, ear mites, ticks and fleas
Follow instructions below carefully to prevent injury or infection.
First!!! - Please read our Trapping Tips on our site to ensure successful and safe
trapping. You can find these tips here: Successful Trapping Tips
Once trapped, keep cats covered using blankets in winter months and sheets in summer
Provide sufficient heat in the winter and fans / air conditioning in the summer. Maintain a
temperature between 70 – 78 degrees F.
Cats must be kept in a climate controlled area indoors where it is quiet for the entire time
that you have them in your care.
Always provide fresh water even when you are withholding food.
Provide fresh food and water twice daily while cats are in your care.
Food must be removed from the trap by midnight the night before surgery. Water may
Wear thick gloves and DO NOT stick fingers inside the trap, shake the trap, handle the
cat, or allow children or pets near the trap once the cat is trapped inside.
Don’t trap nursing moms. Their kittens will die without them, even for the shortest time.
The morning of surgery, line your vehicle with protective covering, carefully place covered
traps in your vehicle, and transport the cats to the clinic. Keep cats covered until arrival
at the clinic.
Have one Medical Record filled out and ready for each cat upon arrival.
Do not attempt to transfer any cat from one container to another or open any carriers or
traps upon arrival to the clinic.
TNR, while in the best interests of the animals, is probably the most terrifying
experience of their lives. Some experts have likened it to an “alien abduction,” so
please, consider how frightened you would be under the same circumstances
and do all you can to ease this process.
We welcome donations in any amount to help offset the cost of helping the cats.
Please send donations to PAWS TNR Program, PO Box 855, Camp Hill, PA 17001.