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In 2020, South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter began a TNVR (Trap Neuter Vaccinate and Release) program.  Our goal is to reduce the outdoor cat populations in Cumberland and Salem counties by working together with our community to spay and neuter as many community cats (also known as feral cats) as possible.  South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter believes that TNVR is the most effective way to address the very significant cat overpopulation problem that plagues our community and our shelter.

Trap-Neuter-Return program, community cats are humanely trapped, brought to a veterinarian to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, ear tipped (the universal sign that a community cat has been neutered and vaccinated), and then returned to their outdoor home.

Trap-Neuter-Return stabilizes feral cat populations. The cats are humanely trapped, vaccinated, and neutered, so no more kittens will be born. They are then returned to their original location to live out their lives in their outdoor home. Not only is Trap-Neuter-Return the humane option for feral cats, but it also improves cats’ lives by relieving them of the stresses of mating and pregnancy.  Unlike catch and kill, TNR works.

You are likely in need of TNVR to control the cat population if:
  • You are feeding or sheltering cats outdoors
  • You are finding orphaned and/or stray kittens
  • You see large numbers of cats in your yard or neighborhood
  • You are dealing with nuisance cat behaviors  

The overpopulation of community cats is a community issue; therefore, a community approach is the best way to address and solve the problem.  We encourage you to talk to your neighbors and see if you can work together to reduce the population.  Whether you are a cat-lover who feeds, a bird lover who wants to protect wildlife, or someone who wants to eliminate nuisance cat behaviors- by working to humanely reduce the cat population, everyone wins.  We advise all caregivers that according to New Jersey law, if a person feeds an animal for seven or more days, they become the legal owner of that animal, so the responsibility of a cat colony technically falls on the person or people who are feeding the cats (the caregivers).  

No- it's not wrong to feed community cats, but it is irresponsible to do so and not make every effort to have them spayed or neutered.  Even if you are feeding a single cat, the population can grow out of control extremely quickly.  Female cats can be impregnated at just 16 weeks of age and can deliver 2-3 litters per year.  TNVR will be significantly easier and less expensive when addressed before the population explodes, as well as being better for the health and welfare of the cats.  We also encourage feeders to keep their feeding stations clean, remove food after 30 minutes, and only feed during daylight hours in order to be respectful to neighbors and discourage wildlife from visiting.  

SJRAS's TNVR Team is a group of dedicated staff members and volunteers who provide assistance with all aspects of a successful TNVR project:  trapping, transporting, and funding TNVR surgeries in our community.  

Please fill out the form below to request assistance from the TNVR Team.  Due to the high volume of requests for help we receive; it may take some time for us to get back to you.  Please know that we are committed to helping as quickly as we can.  Once we receive your form, if we have any questions, we will follow up with a phone call.  Once we have all the information we need, you will be added to our wait list and we will contact you when we are ready to begin at your property.  We ask that you please contact us if your situation changes, and you no longer need our assistance. 

We understand that when it comes to having cats spayed and neutered, you can't act too soon.  Since our Team is limited to a block of appointments per week, if you are able to make your appointments our program can still assist you with trapping and transporting.  To get started, you simply need to contact one of the low-cost clinics listed below (or your regular veterinarian if you prefer) to make your appointment for spay/neuter for a feral cat.  Appointments at low-cost clinics are typically around $40.  You can make a single or block of appointments.  If you are limited financially, getting started with a single appointment will still make a big difference!  Once you have your appointments set, please contact us and we will provide support in the form of education or volunteer assistance to ensure that the cat/s are successfully TNVR'd!  

Situation involving kittens are handled on an individual basis by the TNVR Team.  If the kittens are newborn, we may ask you to foster and socialize them until they are able to be weaned, at which point they would enter the SJRAS foster program until they are ready to be fixed and adopted.  If the kittens are older (6+ weeks) and not social, they will be included in our TNVR project.  If kittens are older but friendly (able to be picked up and enjoy human attention) they may be considered for our adoption program.  All decisions will be made based on the adoptability and health of the kittens as well as resources available at the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter.  

Need help finding other TNVR information or resources? Check out the RESOURCE SECTION below.

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TNVR Resources & Information

(Resources with an * have special pricing for feral cats)

South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter - SJRAS provides low-cost vaccines on the third Saturday of spring/summer months between 9:00 – 12:00p.m.  SJRAS also has an on-site clinic for low cost spay and neuter services.  Please see our website for more information on Vaccine Clinics  and  Low Cost Spay/Neuter 

*Atlantic County SPCA - Low-Cost vaccines, Spay/Neuter for dogs and cats, dental cleanings and extractions, and minor surgeries including tumor removals, biopsies, hernia repairs, entropian correction, hematoma correction, etc.  Please see website for detailed information. Contact ACSPCA at 609-927-9059.

*People for Animals - Low Cost Spay/Neuter for dogs & cats, wellness services such as vaccines, routine testing, microchipping, etc. PFA also offers feral cat services.  Contact PFA at 856-243-5211, 1200 N. Delsea Drive, Clayton

*Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center Clinic - Low Cost Spay/Neuter for dogs and cats and wellness services including vaccines, routine testing, dental exams, and microchipping. Contact HBC at 856-401-1300 x106.

*Animal Welfare Association - Low Cost Spay/Neuter for dogs and cats, pet wellness clinic, vaccine days, and products.  AWA also offers services for feral cat caregivers.  Contact AWA clinic at 856-424-2288, 509 Centennial Blvd in Voorhees.

Animal Friends Foundation - Offers Veterinary Vouchers for local veterinarians providing Spay/Neuter surgeries for dogs and cats.  Contact Animal Friends Foundation at 856-503-5572, 614 E. Landis Ave, Vineland.