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Whiskers & Mittens TNR was founded by Emily, Jessica, and Michelle in 2013. We are a group of independent rescuers who work together to humanely trap, neuter, and return feral and stray cats in Worcester County, Massachusetts. Once in our care, ... More ...

Whiskers & Mittens TNR was founded by Emily, Jessica, and Michelle in 2013.

We are a group of independent rescuers who work together to humanely trap, neuter, and return feral and stray cats in Worcester County, Massachusetts. Once in our care, we bring the cats to Tufts where they are spayed/neutered, rabies vaccinated, etc. These cats are fed and well cared for while with us. After the kitties recover, we return them back to their outdoor homes. 

Trapping cats to be spayed/neutered helps to reduce the feral cat population. After they have been to Tufts, their left ear is tipped, which is the universal sign of a vetted feral cat.

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 outwww.voxfelina.com).

TNR groups, like Whiskers & 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]."

Please help support us in our efforts to educated the public on TNR. Most importantly, help us support feral cats so they can live longer, healthier lives. 

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