Humane Society of Huron Valley: Trap, Neuter, Return

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Trap, Neuter, and Return (TNR)

APRIL SPECIAL - in conjunction with PetSmart Charities:









This special free rate is available to all residents of Washtenaw County.   Residents feeding free-roaming cats who wish to take advantage of this  offer  must mention the “Community Catch” campaign when  scheduling  their appointment. Appointments are based on availability

For more information or to schedule an appointment, interested persons  should  visit  or  call (734)  661-3523. The HSHV Clinic accepts TNR cats Monday through Thursdays  ONLY between the hours of 8am to 6pm.


HSHV's Trap, Neuter, and Return Program aims to reduce the overpopulation of feral cats while supporting a higher quality of life and reducing unnecessary euthanasia of feral cats.

What is Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR)?

Trap, Neuter, and Return, also known as TNR, is exactly what it sounds like. All the cats in the colony are humanely trapped, in live traps, then brought to the shelter. This can be performed by the colony caretaker, HSHV volunteers or HSHV staff.

Once the cats are at the shelter they are sterilized, ear tipped for recognition, vaccinated against the rabies virus, and all females are treated with a dose of penicillin, to aid in the healing process from surgery. After the cat is sterilized it stays at HSHV overnight to recuperate from surgery. Cats are then returned to their original habitat. Colony caretakers continue to provide food and monitor the health of the colony.

TNR is the only method proven to be humane and effective at controlling feral cat population growth. The goal of any community cat management program is to maximize the quality of life for the cats, to eliminate the existing colony over time through attrition, and to elevate the worth of community cats, and cats in general, through education and awareness.

Did You know:

  • Close to 8,500 cats have been spayed and neutered since HSHV began TNR
  • Last year alone, 1,509 cats were spayed and neutered through the HSHV TNR Program
  • The number of stray and abandoned kittens coming into the shelter has dropped 23% since HSHV started out TNR Program

Click here to view a community map that shows you all the areas that the HSHV Community Cat Program has successfully preformed TNR services.

Help HSHV Monitor Community Cats in Washtenaw County

You can help HSHV track and monitor feral cat colonies in Washtenaw County. None of your personal information will be shared and we do not publish specific addresses. Please fill out this small survey. We thank you.

Please contact our Community Cat Coordinator at (734) 661-3523 or email

What if want to trap cats on my own?

We know that some people like to trap cats on their own. If you are trapping your own colony, these are the steps you must take:

  • Once you trap the cat, it will need to come into the HSHV Clinic for sterilization, vaccination and ear tipping. The HSHV Clinic accepts TNR cats Monday through Thursdays ONLY between the hours of 8am to 6pm. No appointment is necessary.
  • If you trap a cat during hours that we are closed, you will want to move him/her to a quiet location and cover the trap with a sheet until you are able to bring the cat to the shelter. Sterilization and vaccination is $20 pet cat and the cats must come from our service area which is Washtenaw County, Plymouth and Canton only. If you are coming from outside of our service area, you can utilize the program for $75 per cat.
  • Every cat will need to come to the shelter in a live trap, cats in carriers will not be accepted through the TNR Program. This is not only for the safety of our shelter employees, but also for the safety of your cat. Even though you may be able to handle your cat and put it in a crate because the cat is used to you, the shelter employees may not be able to. If a bite occurs during the cats stay, HSHV will follow the Washtenaw County's public health Rabies protocol.

If you do not have access to a live trap you can rent one from HSHV. Trap rentals are $75 each, with $65 of the money being refundable when you return the live trap.

If you are interested in different trapping options, or becoming a certified Community Cat Manager, please click here and register for one of our upcoming training sessions.

If you need assistance with trapping community cats for the TNR program please email We do not remove cats from their current colony. This only leaves a voided space for new cats to enter.

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