The Humane Society of Wickenburg helps feral cats, too!

Trap - Neuter - Return ("TNR")

Are you caring for unowned or feral (“wild”) cats?  The Humane Society of Wickenburg (“HSW”) has a program that can help you.  It is called “TNR” – Trap – Neuter – Return. 

Feral cats are not able to be socialized (there are exceptions) and, therefore, are not candidates for adoption through the Shelter.  Old school was to trap these cats and euthanize them.  That didn’t work.

TNR has been proven to work.  The cats are humanely trapped using a box trap, transported to a veterinarian where they are neutered, receive a rabies shot and have their left ear tipped one-quarter of an inch, and then are returned to the area where they were living.  The ear tip is so that we can identify which cats have been through the TNR program.

These cats will have a volunteer caretaker monitor the cat or cat colony and let us know if a new cat moves in so that it, too, can go through the TNR program.  The caretaker provides food, water and shelter to these cats to live out their lives. 

The population is stabilized and over time the population will dwindle to zero. 

TNR began in Wickenburg in December of 2009.  The program is active only during the winter months and more than 500 cats in the Wickenburg area have been through the program. 

Where are all these feral cats?  We won’t tell you and for good reason.  Experience in other communities has taught us that once colony locations are know these cats may become targets of misdeeds or people will dump unwanted cats at the locations. 

There is no cost to the individual to participate in TNR (but donations are always appreciated).  The program is financed through donations to HSW that are specified to be used for TNR.

For more information read our brochure on this page and visit If you have additional questions or are feeding feral cats e-mail us at or call HSW at 928-684-8801.

View TNR Brochure

Do you have a feral or neighbor's cat that you would rather not have in your yard?  There are some easy and humane steps you can take to keep them off your property.  Click here to learn more.