Talking TNR – for Participants

Part of Ireland's TNR Manual

How to Help Community Cats

Got neighbourhood cats? Maybe you're feeding them? Not everyone likes having cats in their garden!

Our Talking TNR Information Session is designed to help you humanely manage, and live with, the cats in your community through Trap Neuter Return (TNR).

Talking TNR – Further Information
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What is Trap Neuter Return?

Feral cats are the same species as pet cats, but feral cats are not adoptable. 'Feral' means that the cats are not socialised to people and generally avoid contact with humans. Under TNR, these unadoptable cats are neutered, health checked and treated for parasites. As a result, the feral cat population stabilises and decreases.

Why not remove all the cats? Scientific evidence indicates that removing feral cat populations only opens up the habitat to an influx of new cats, either from neighbouring territories or born from survivors. Each time cats are removed, the population will rebound through a natural phenomenon known as the ‘vacuum effect’, drawing the community into a costly, endless cycle of trapping and killing.

TNR helps keep feral cats healthy and ends the breeding cycle, which means no more kittens. It also ends mating behaviours including yowling, fighting, spraying and roaming. Feral cats in TNR programs are just as healthy as pet cats.

More and more Irish communities are embracing TNR.

Why Attend?

Individuals attend our Talking TNR sessions for a variety of reasons:

  • to learn more about TNR and any local projects
  • to be reassured that TNR is the solution they need
  • to learn where to go for more information
  • to learn solutions to unpleasant cat behaviours
  • to learn how to care for cats in their neighbourhood responsibly
  • to learn how local TNR projects may affect them and/or their companion animals
  • to learn how to participate in an imminent TNR project
  • to participate in setting up local TNR projects
  • because it's FREE!

In addition, veterinary staff attend to learn the specific veterinary needs of feral cats, and how to support TNR projects; and animal welfare volunteers and workers attend to assess the relevance of TNR to their own work.

Aims & Objectives

At the end of the session, you'll know what Trap Neuter Return (TNR) is and why it's useful. In particular, you'll know why it's useful to your community and/or workplace.

Information Session Content

The session is designed to introduce feral cats and TNR. If appropriate I'll cover the feral cat situation in the local area and suggest effective, humane ways forward to address any problems - and how to maintain a satisfactory outcome in the long-term, for humans and felines alike. I'll demonstrate the use of humane traps and cages that we use in TNR projects. And time is set aside at the end of the session to answer any questions you may have.

The depth of content will depend very much on who attends and what their interests are - concerned citizens, trappers, caregivers, animal welfare workers & volunteers and vet staff are all welcome to attend to find out what's relevant to them.

Usually the information session will be an hour long. I'll start promptly (as I've loads of fascinating information to impart), so attendees are requested to arrive on time if they don't want to miss anything. Refreshments will usually be provided and I'll be available after we finish to demonstrate the equipment and answer further questions.

If time allows we can continue in a local eatery or bar. And, if you're very lucky, we might finish off with a music session - I'm a session singer, so any excuse! But that will depend on your local organisers - and yourself.

TNR Introductory Workshop

In addition to our Information Sessions, we also provide a variety of more detailed workshops, tailored to suit your situation.

The Introductory Workshop is aimed at volunteers interested in carrying out TNR projects. It’s also relevant to colony care-givers who are willing to help with the trapping, or simply want to know more. And it’s useful to veterinary staff, for a more holistic understanding of the concept. At the end of the workshop, participants will know what Trap Neuter Return (TNR) is, why it's useful, and the basics of carrying out a TNR project. If you've not been involved in trapping before, we’d recommend you participate in a project with experienced trappers before setting loose on your own!

Contact us if you'd like to know more.

Find Out More

If you can't make your local information session, or if you'd just like to find out more before we meet, here's some links you can check out:

Thank you for your interest!

Related Links

TNR Galleries

TNR projects around West Cork and elsewhere.

Images from, and about, our TNR workshops and other education programmes

Feral Cats Ireland are the networking group for TNR in Ireland. They publish informational leaflets, promote Feral Cats Awareness Week annually, produce the TNR Manual for Ireland and provide information and support to TNR groups throughout Ireland with their multiple member individuals and organisations.

Galleries with images from Limerick Feral Cats’ TNR Manual for Veterinary Nurses (see our TNR pages to read the manual).

Equipment essential and/or useful to TNR projects.

Safe spaces for your feral cats

Images of eartips and the eartipping process. WARNING: Images of surgery may distress.

Images of flyers, posters and forms that are useful for TNR projects & Animal Welfare generally.

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Part of Ireland's TNR Manual

How to Help Community Cats


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