Feral cats, also called community cats, are animals that are either undomesticated or abandoned. They typically live in colonies. Their life span is about three years.

Why TNR?

  • To control colony populations.
  • More practical and successful than removal.
  • Neutered cats do not engage in mating behavior.
  • Neutered males do not fight, or spray.
  • Euthanasia is financially and psychologically more costly.
  • Protects from environmental damage.
  • Neutering will minimize the size of the colony

The specifics of TNR:

The colony site caregiver contacts Project Spay, Inc. The caregiver is responsible for giving food and water and  shelter.

  1. A pair of volunteers will assess the colony and caregiver will sign a release that allows Project Spay, Inc to trap and confirms with Project Spay, Inc that the caregiver will continue to feed and water after cat(s) are returned.
  2. Volunteers set traps and wait on site for cats to go in.
  3. Once the cats are trapped, they are brought to the holding area where they will be held until their neutering appointment.
  4. Cats when neutered, receive rabies and distemper vaccinations and ear tipping to mark the cat as sterilized.
  5. After sterilization, the cat is held for usually 1-5 days and then returned to their colony. Any medical issues are addressed on individual basis.

TNR is done during April - November, Weather Permitting  

Since 2008, when Project Spay, Inc was foundered, we remain the only active TNR group in the Swansea/Somerset area. We have spayed and neutered over 1,620 cats. 

In 2016, the Project Spay TNR program neutered  130 and spayed 99 cats.

In 2017, the Project Spay  TNR  program neutered 111 and spayed 120 cats.

In 2018, the Project Spay TNR program neutered 150 and spayed 115 cats.

If you would like assistance with a feral cat colony, please send a request to