TNR or trap-neuter-return is the most humane and effective method to reduce the number of stray cats. Cats living in colonies are trapped and taken to vet clinics where they are neutered and treated or vaccinated, if necessary. After recovery, the cats are returned to their home territories where the janitors provide regular food and shelter. In case of available spots, young kittens and friendly adult cats are placed into temporary homes and we start looking for permanent homes for them.
In November-December 2019, we trapped 52 cats in Lääne-Viru County alone, 3 of them had to be euthanised due to health reasons. We released 11 neutered wild cats, but nearly all the others have found permanent homes by today. More and more local governments are interested in TNR as a more affordable and humane solution to manage the stray cat populations.