Feral Cats (TNR) | PAWS Chicago

Trap Neuter & Release (TNR)

Population control is critical to making Chicago No Kill.

Trap Neuter Return (TNR)

There are thousands of outdoor community cats living in our neighborhoods throughout the Chicagoland area. Community members and outdoor community cats are co-dependent on each other’s support. In order for neighborhoods to maintain a low rodent population, outdoor community cats are essential. In order for community cats to maintain their established colonies, they need the support of the neighborhood to Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) them, continue feeding them, and monitor their well-being.

Population control is critical to making Chicago a No Kill community.  That’s why PAWS Chicago is leading grass-roots efforts around successful programs across Cook County, like TNR that works to manage the outdoor community cat colonies while supporting their natural habitat.

TNR: The Critical Component to No Kill

TNR is that next step in decreasing the kill-rate in Chicago.  TNR includes humanely trapping the cats; bringing them to a vet clinic or a low-cost spay/neuter clinic for spay/neuter, vaccinations and micro-chipping; and then returning them to where they are living, continuing to feed them, provide shelter and keep an eye on their health and well-being.

The main component required for this program to have a long term success is for the community members to be involved in the TNR process. This includes preforming TNR, educating neighbors and keeping an eye on their outdoor community cat colonies. For details regarding the TNR process please click: link to step by step TNR

The PAWS Chicago Lurie Clinic offers a low cost feral package which includes most of the services required to be in compliance with the ordinance. 

Cook County is fortunate to have an Ordinance in place which protects the outdoor community cats and the community members who want to help them. 

Are you taking care of outdoor cats in Cook County?
Register with PAWS Chicago as a colony caretaker! As part of the Cook County Feral Cat Ordinance, outdoor cat colonies in compliance with the ordinance and registered with a sponsoring organization have some legal protections. Please download our application (English, Spanish), fill it out, and mail it to:

PAWS Chicago - Community Cats Program
3516 W 26th Street
Chicago IL 60623