Many communities are plagued with the problem of homeless cats. Some of these cats are “neighborhood” cats who are not cared for by anyone in particular, but seem to get by on hand-outs made by generous people. Others are “feral” cats with wild temperaments that can’t be approached by humans. While we have made great strides in encouraging people to spay or neuter their own companion cats, the stray and feral cat populations in our community continues to reproduce and contribute to Winnipeg’s cat overpopulation problem.
The Winnipeg Humane Society offers a program in which a humane trap can be rented from The WHS, with the intention to trap feral/unsocialized cats and have them spayed/neutered. (Please note, due to a limited amount of traps, they can only be rented for use through the TNR program.) The program is only available to approved, responsible applicants. The WHS views this as an alternative to the euthanasia of cats that would otherwise be unadoptable. We do ask for a minimum $20 contribution for each cat to help offset the costs of surgery and care.
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In order to qualify for our TNR program the stray cat must be:
Please be sure that the cat you bring in is NOT owned, and that your neighbors are in agreement with un-owned cats hanging around your house.
Call 204-982-2032 to register. Once registered for the TNR program you will be issued a surgery date. Now, by renting a trap from The WHS, you can safely and humanely trap your cat within 48 hours of your surgery date (a longer time period is inhumane). Please be aware that due to limited numbers of surgery dates, The WHS cannot guarantee that we will have the ability to accommodate all cats within the TNR season.
On your surgery date, our veterinarians will spay or neuter the cat. They will also vaccinate the cat and provide identification. If other health problems are discovered during the examination or surgery, you must be willing to treat the cat as prescribed or allow euthanasia.
After the surgery, you will be responsible for returning the cat to his or her home territory and providing the cat with food, shelter and ongoing care. Please be aware that cats need to be confined for 24-48 hours prior to being released.
NOTE: The TNR program is available from April until October with exact dates to be determined pending appropriate weather conditions. Traps are not to be set when temperatures exceed 0C or +20C. All traps must be checked a minimum of every three hours and be placed in a sheltered area. If you have any questions please call 204-982-2032.