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TNVR Program

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.
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. We are currently restructuring our program and hope to have an update soon.
We are currently restructuring our program. Please feel free to contact us at TNVR@sjras.org and we can direct you to other organizations and resources to help you get started while we are working on redeveloping our program.
We understand that when it comes to having cats spayed and neutered, you can’t act too soon. While we are restructuring our program, we encourage the community to reach out for resources to help you get started. Please contact us at TNVR@sjras.org for resources. We hope to be back in action as quickly as possible!

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

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