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Our TNR Program

The Porter County Animal Shelter has started to accept applications for our Trap-Neuter-Return program.  To qualify for the program, you must agree to become a Colony Caretaker for the free roaming cats you wish to have trapped, spayed/neutered, ear tipped and returned.

Colony Caretaker Responsibilities

As a Colony Caretaker, you will be required to agree to follow the TNR Colony Caretaker Best Practices for your free roaming cats.  Those responsibilities include:

  • Providing food, water and shelter for your colony;
  • Making every effort to ensure that all cats in your colony (including new cat arrivals) are vaccinated against rabies, spayed/neutered, and ear tipped;
  • Finding a substitute caretaker to replace you temporarily or permanently on those occasions when you can no longer perform as the caretaker.  For example, if you should go out of town on a trip, be temporarily disabled, or should move away so that you are unable to continue your caretaking.

Further, you must understand and recognize the inherent risks to anesthesia and surgery required for spay/neuter and ear tipping, particularly for cats that are pregnant, in heat, injured, sick and/or have no medical history available.  You must also understand and recognize that the cat(s) do not undergo a pre-anesthetic evaluation by a veterinarian, and by presenting the cat(s) for surgery, you will accept the risks for any underlying health problem that would complicate surgery and/or recovery.

How To Apply

If you are a caretaker for a colony of free roaming cats, you can apply to the Shelter to have the colony spayed/neutered, ear tipped and vaccinated at no cost to you.  Please understand that we have limited financial resources available, and there will be a wait list. 

Once you submit your online application, a Shelter representative will contact you within 10 business days of the form submission to review the submitted application and determine approval.  If approved, you will be added to the wait list.

CLICK HERE to complete and submit the online Colony Caretaker Application Form.

Questions About Colony Caretaker Responsibilities?

CLICK HERE to email your questions about becoming a Colony Caretaker.