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Let's talk about the "R" in TNR. Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is an evidence-based approach to managing and reducing the feral cat population that helps to protect and promote the well-being... More ...

Let's talk about the "R" in TNR.
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Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is an evidence-based approach to managing and reducing the feral cat population that helps to protect and promote the well-being of our "community cats." (For more on the science behind TNR, check

TNR groups, like Whiskers and Mittens, work with caretakers to identify cats in need of their services. Cats are then humanely trapped and taken to a feral cat clinic or other cooperating veterinary facility to be spayed/neutered, vaccinated (rabies and distemper), and receive additional care as needed (e.g., flea treatment, antibiotics). Cats trapped by Whiskers and Mittens are taken to the monthly (September-June) clinic at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine where they receive excellent and compassionate care by the vets, students, staff, and volunteers.

After completing the "T" and "N" phases of TNR, cats are usually returned to their colonies and caretakers. However, the "R" phase of TNR can also involve socializing and finding homes for cats determined to be adoptable; these cats are either strays/former pets that have found their way into a colony or, as is more often the case, young kittens. A successful TNR effort helps to "break the breeding cycle" --- spaying the momcat and fixing the kittens. As one TNR advocate aptly put it, "Sometimes, the 'Return' is a U-turn [into a home]."

Whiskers and Mittens recently took in the adorable batch of kittens pictured as part of the "R" phase --- Aurora (dilute calico), Alaska (buff), Bailey (white and buff), Jameson (gray), and Killian (black). The momcat was spayed, vaccinated, and treated at the Tufts clinic and returned to her caretaker. The kittens are being fostered and will be placed into loving furever homes once they are of age and have been spayed/neutered and vaccinated.

Because we are a new group, exclusively focused on TNR, we are limited in our ability to provide veterinary care beyond the monthly clinics at Tufts. These kittens will be too young to go to the last Tufts clinic of the season and will instead be receiving care from a local, feral-friendly veterinarian. As such, we are have set up a PayPal account to help offset the costs of their care. Any little bit helps, and all donations will be used to provide needed care to these kittens and other local community cats. Thank you for your support! 

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