What is a trap-neuter-release program? How can I participate?

The trap-neuter-release program is a non-lethal program in which community/feral cats are humanely trapped, taken to a veterinarian to be spayed/neutered, vaccinated against rabies and eartipped (the universal symbol of a sterilized community cat) before being returned to their home territory. The program is sponsored and organized by Critter Shack Rescue. Citizens wishing to participate can visit crittershack.org.

Below are some statistics since the TNR program began:  

  • 36 – number of colonies in the City of San Angelo for which TNR is actively being practiced in accordance with city ordinance. NOTE: Many citizens are practicing TNR of one or two strays that have wandered up to their homes and are not recognized as a colony.
  • 432 – number of cats TNR’d at Critter Shack Rescue’s three spay/neuter events in March, May and October 2015. Cats came from Tom Green and Runnels counties.
  • 160 – number of community cats from Tom Green County TNR’d at Critter Shack Rescue’s spay/neuter clinic since Oct. 31, 2015. Services provided on donations, for free or low cost.
  • 219 - number of cats TNR’d in colonies since March 2015. NOTE: 89 of these cats were vetted at Critter Shack Rescue’s SN clinics.
  • 67 – number of cats from colonies vetted and re-homed since March 2015.