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What Is Trap-Neuter-Return?

Trap-Neuter-Return is the only humane and effective approach to community cat populations. Here are the three basic steps to this lifesaving process:

1. Trap: Humanely trap all the cats in a colony. A colony is a group of cats living outdoors together.

2. Neuter (or spay): Take the cats in their traps to a veterinarian or clinic to be neutered, vaccinated, and eartipped (the universal symbol of a neutered and vaccinated cat. Learn more at

3. Return: After the cats recover, return them to their outdoor home where they were trapped.

Watch videos of cats being returned and how to do Trap-Neuter-Return at

To view our TNR Program Information, and how our program works, click HERE

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Las colonias que participan en TNR disminuyen de tamaño con el tiempo. TNR estabiliza rápidamente las poblaciones de gatos salvajes al terminar instantáneamente la reproducción y al eliminar los gatos socializados de la colonia.

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The shelter received a grant from California for All Animals to support and expand our TNR program. The shelter has created two sub-programs to offer spay/neuter services for feral cats for FREE.

  1. Low-income caregivers: This program is for City of Hayward residents who need help spaying or neutering community cats that they feed on their property. We will provide up to 5 FREE surgeries per household through this grant.

  2. Neighborhood TNR: This program is for City of Hayward residents who would like to help reduce the cat population in their neighborhood through TNR. Free roaming community/feral cats in their neighborhood would be trapped by members of that neighborhood for the purpose of spay or neuter and then be released back into the neighborhood they call home. Up to 10 FREE surgeries per neighborhood are available through this grant.

Click here for more information about and to see if you qualify for FREE TNR through one of the grant programs.

If you are interested in becoming a TNR volunteer, please email the shelter at:

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Información y recursos adicionales:

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