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What is TNR/TNVR?

Trap-Neuter-Return  /  Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return

TNR/TNVR is the practice of humanely trapping a stray or feral cat to have it spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and either returned to the neighborhood it was living in or rescued to be re-homed.

WAC supports and practices TNR/TNVR because it is the only humane way to reduce the number of homeless kittens being born.

Stray Cat vs. Feral Cat

Homeless cats are generally one of two kinds, stray or feral.

Stray cats are neighbor's cats left to roam the area with little attention at home or lost/abandoned pets.

Feral cats are stray cats that have been living wild for so long they no longer trust people, or they are the offspring of stray cats and have never had close human interaction.

Cat Colonies are groups of more than two stray or feral cats that have chosen to live together in an area where they feel safe, can find some shelter and are finding a food source.

How does WAC support TNR/TNVR?

Mission M.E.O.W

A free Spay/Neuter seminar and Cat Shelter workshop open to the public.


Offered twice yearly in NHC or by request.

Trapping Program

WAC has a small team of trappers that work on trapping and fixing/vaccinating community cats in colonies with less than 10 cats. In larger colonies and those that are outside of NHC, we partner with local TNR advocates who trap the cats and we provide the spay/neuter surgery and vaccinations through our Voucher Program.

Spay/Neuter Vouchers

Free Feral Cat Package vouchers for members of the public who are needing help with community cats in their neighborhood. The package includes spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations, and ear tip through Fix-A-Friend, low-cost spay/neuter clinic.

Where has WAC provided support?

Wilmington Animal Centrix has provided support to our community with cat colonies in the following counties:
New Hanover

"TNR is something I can do, to make a difference in the lives of the forgotten."

-Ashley Coursen, WAC Board Member

Who does WAC Partner with for Colony Cats?

WAC is fortunate to partner with these organizations in the care of Cat Colonies:
Friends of Felines
The Ruffian Foundation
Kitty Pawtrol
For more information check out Alley Cat Allies a national feral cat advocacy group:
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