We receive more requests for help than we are able to complete TNR projects which is why we keep a wait list that is several weeks long.
Here are other ways you can help the community cats you care about:
Check out this list of others who do TNR in NYC.
If your request involves friendly cats and/or young kittens, check out this list of organizations who may accept friendly cats and kittens from the public into their adoption programs.
TNR Utopia Areas of Focus
TNR Utopia operates in the following parts of Queens, NYC. We choose to stay close to home to do MORE trapping and LESS driving.
[A] 11354 - Flushing, NY
[B] 11356 - College Point, NY
[C] 11357 - Whitestone, NY
D] 11358 - Flushing, NY
[E] 11360 - Bayside, NY
[F] 11361 - Bayside, NY
What first? Complete our TNR Needs Assessment Survey
Requirements before we take on a new TNR Project:
You MUST be a regular caretaker (provide food, water and shelter) of the cats to be trapped.
Cats MUST be on a regular feeding schedule.
You MUST have permission for us to access the cats location for trapping.
You MUST complete our TNR Needs Assessment Survey and a digitally sign our Trap-Neuter-Return Agreement.
Trap-Neuter-Return, or "TNR," is the most humane and effective method known for managing feral and stray community cats and reducing their numbers. The cats are trapped and brought to a spay/neuter clinic. They're then spayed or neutered, vaccinated and eartipped. After they've recovered from their surgeries, the cats are returned back to their original territory where a caretaker provides regular food and shelter.
Because the cats can no longer reproduce, the colony has the potential to decline in size over time. Spaying and neutering also greatly reduce nuisance behavior, making community cats better neighbors with humans. Once the cats are fixed, fighting, yowling and other noise associated with mating stops almost entirely. The foul odor caused by unaltered males spraying to mark territory disappears and the cats, no longer driven to mate, roam much less and become less visible. The cats themselves are healthier and less likely to spread feline diseases. Meanwhile, rodent control is maintained by the cats' continued presence.
You can make a difference!
TAKE THE TNR CERTIFICATION WORKSHOP
GET ACCESS TO LOW COST SPAY/NEUTER SERVICES AND FREE TRAP RENTALS
The TNR Certification Workshop is only 3 hours and gives you the skills, knowledge and access to the low cost medical services needed to be successful in doing TNR yourself. Workshops are offered in every borough regularly. You will learn how to care for the feral and stray cats in your community and make use of the many resources now available to assist you. All workshop attendees will become TNR certified and NYC residents will gain access to low cost spay/neuter services, free traps and equipment rentals, and expert guidance and assistance.
Is there a fee for TNR?
As a nonprofit organization, we collect donations during TNR projects. We suggest a donation of $50 per cat or kitten but will gladly accept and appreciate any donation amount. Donations support our TNR work (travel, trapping and equipment, medical expenses, supplies, food and shelter during cat recovery) and our work with community cats that may need more extensive medical attention. Donations also help pay for the extended care needed for kittens before they can be adopted. All feral cats get spayed/neutered and vaccinated. Feral cats in traps also get ear tipped. Additional optional services are available for a small fee.
Provided Services for Feral Community Cats in Traps:
Optional services (at additional cost and upon request):
Revolution Plus for Cats & Kittens - $10 per cat
HomeAgain Microchip - $10 per cat
TNR works best when everyone involved is in agreement and "on the same page".
All community cats trapped during TNR will be:
ear tipped for easy identification later and;
be vaccinated [FVRCP + Rabies] and;
be returned and released back to the location of trapping once recovered from surgery.
medicated if sick for an addition fee.
Feral community cats trapped during TNR are:
NEVER relocated. All trapped cats will be returned and released back to the location of trapping.
NEVER admitted into adoption programs. They have a home! It's the outdoors.
NEVER tested for FIV/FeLV if they appear healthy. FIV/FeLV testing is completed at the discretion of the clinic veterinarian.
Release from Liability
I understand and agree that TNR Utopia Inc shall not be liable to me or held responsible by me in any manner whatsoever for, or in connection with, the procedure to be performed on the Animal, and I hereby hold TNR Utopia Inc harmless from and against any and all liability and damages that may arise.
Friendly Cats and Kittens
Friendly cats and/or kittens, encountered during TNR, will be assessed by TNR Utopia Inc prior to TNR Utopia Inc agreeing to intake. TNR Utopia Inc has complete discretion and permission to intake any friendly cats and/or kittens, encountered during TNR, into their adoption program if it will benefit the health and wellbeing of the cat and/or kitten.
We Do Not Admit Owner Surrender Cats
TNR Utopia is NOT an animal shelter. We DO NOT admit owner surrendered cats and DO NOT remove feral free-roaming cats from the community. Entrance into our own adoption program is solely at our discretion. We can assist with low cost spay/neuter services, some medical needs, and give advice on how to re-home a cat if needed. We are not able to admit cats under most circumstances into our own adoption program.
There are many organizations in NYC that may take animals into their adoption programs. Check this list for organizations by borough.