TRAP-NEUTER-RETURN (TNR) PROGRAM
The City of Deltona created the TNR Program through Ordinance no. 31-2014, designed to address a problem in the City of Deltona, a problem that many other communities throughout the United States are trying to address, and that is feral and stray cats.
The program, commonly called Trap-Neuter-Return or TNR allows free-roaming community cats “not belonging to particular humans” to be humanely trapped, sterilized and medically treated; their ears are “tipped” and then those deemed feral are returned to the outdoor location where they were found.
The feral cats (meaning those that are unsocialized to humans) may be relocated if their original locations are deemed unsafe or otherwise inappropriate. Kittens still young enough to be socialized and friendly adult cats are typically placed in foster care for eventual adoption into homes as companion animals, rather than returned to outdoors. Cats found suffering with terminal or untreatable illnesses or injuries are humanely euthanized.
Most veterinarians believe that TNR programs are effective in controlling population and permanently reducing the number of cats in an area, thus lowering cat intakes and euthanasia rates at shelters. The returned, spayed and neutered colony guards its territory, discouraging unneutered cats from moving in and beginning the cycle of overpopulation anew.
Ear tipping is the universal sign of a neutered or spayed feral cat. The procedure involves removing about a quarter of the tip of the cat’s ear while the cat is anesthetized for spaying/neutering. Healing is rapid and the mark helps prevent unnecessary confinement, surgery and euthanasia.
As part of the program, the Halifax Humane Society recently received a grant to provide free spay/neuter surgeries for cats living in the 32738 zip code. Under the conditions of the grant, the Halifax Humane Society will likely sterilize about 600 Deltona cats. Along with the grant, Halifax will also offer low cost spay/neuter surgeries for our TNR program.
Deltona residents interested in scheduling a cat for a free surgery should call (386) 878-8867 and leave their name and telephone number. Someone will return the calls with a surgery date.
On the day of the scheduled surgery, residents are required to bring their cats in a crate or trap to Deltona City Hall, 2345 Providence Boulevard, by 7:30 a.m. Only one cat should be in each crate. The cats are transported to Halifax’s Clinic in Daytona Beach. When the surgeries are completed Halifax returns the cats to City Hall at approximately 4 p.m.
Residents interested in voluntarily assisting with the TNR program are required to fill out the program forms below and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the Subject line “TNR Program”: