IT'S BACK TO SCHOOL!
TNR Utopia slows down a bit while our youngest New Yorkers begin the new school year. It may take us a little bit longer to respond to messages and our TNR work slows.
TNR Utopia is a small, no-kill, all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) rescue with a focus on the trap, neuter, and return (TNR) of community cats in northern Queens, NYC. We also educate the public about living with community cats. Follow our journey and the journey of every cat we encounter.
Of course, when dealing with community cats, we often encounter kittens who are small enough to be socialized and adopted into forever homes.
We are a small group of volunteers and dedicated animal lovers who spend our spare time sterilizing community cats and rescuing friendly cats and kittens. Although small, we do our best to help all that contact us.
North Queens, NYC
Flushing | Murray Hill | Whitestone | Bayside | College Point
What the heck is TNR?
MANAGING FERAL AND STRAY COMMUNITY CATS
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, who typically live together in a group called a colony, 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. When foster or permanent homes are available, young kittens and friendly adults are removed and placed for adoption.
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.