TNR Program

The Rehoboth Board of Selectmen  in February 2016 voted to approve a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program in Rehoboth and to accept the offer of Rehoboth Animal Advocates (RAA) organization to conduct the TNR program. Rehoboth Animal Advocates will operate the TNR program independently of Animal Control and the town shelter. The shelter will take in only the cats or kittens that are deemed adoptable after being trapped. Animal Control will also become involved in cases involving rabies quarantine.  

Feral cats, also called community cats, are animals that are either undomesticated or abandoned. They typically live in colonies. Their life span is about three years.

Why TNR?

  • To control colony populations.

  • More practical and successful than removal.

  • Neutered cats do not engage in mating behavior.

  • Neutered males do not fight, or spray.

  • Euthanasia is financially and psychologically more costly.

  • Protects from environmental damage.

  • Neutering will minimize the size of the colony

The specifics of TNR:

The colony site caregiver contacts RAA. The caregiver is responsible for giving food and water and shelter.

  1. A pair of volunteers will assess the colony and caregiver will sign a release that allows RAA to trap and confirms with RAA that the caregiver will continue to feed and water after cat(s) are returned.

  2. Volunteers set traps and wait on site for cats to go in.

  3. Once the cats are trapped, they are brought to the holding area where they will be held until their neutering appointment.

  4. Cats when neutered, receive rabies and distemper vaccinations and ear tipping to mark the cat as sterilized.

  5. After sterilization, the cat is held for usually 1-5 days and then returned to their colony. Any medical issues are addressed on individual basis.

TNR is done during April - November, weather permitting.        

  • As of April 2018, the TNR program has neutered 19 cats.

  • In 2017, the TNR program through RAA neutered 145 cats.

  • In 2016, the TNR program through RAA neutered 82 cats.

If you would like assistance with a feral cat colony, please contact us at or through RehobothAnimalAdvocatesMA on Facebook.

Statistical Charts Below for 2016-2018.  Place your cursor on the bars to bring up individual month stats. If you would like to review a spreadsheet, please contact us at the above email. 

TNR 2018

MARCH: Adult female previously trapped in 2017 for wound care. Assumed spayed because of ear tip & abdominal surgical scar. Retrapped in 3/18 to recheck wound. While being held, cat birthed kittens. Cat spayed 6/18. APRIL: (3) 5 week old kitten, too small for neuter.

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2017 TNR results

MAY/NOVEMBER/DECEMBER (neuter): cat(s) previously neutered received vaccines only. MAY (trapped): cat held in quarantine; returned to field October. JUNE (death): Cat euthanized due to penetrating neck wound. SEPTEMBER/DECEMBER (trapped): cat retrapped for medical care. SEPTEMBER (neuter) : Kittens underweight at weaning for neuter and vaccines. Transferred to shelter for adoption and neuter.

2016 TNR REsults

APRIL (neuter): Kittens born to trapped females. All kittens adopted through shelter and mothers spayed through the shelter after weaning, 16 kittens born, 1 cat went through RAA after kittens weaned in July. MAY: RAA, formerly known as the Friends of the Rehoboth Animal Shelter, bought equipment to initiate TNR program. April TNR activity was facilitated with help from Paws of Plainville. JULY (death): Adult female, spayed the day before, was found in her cage dead. OCTOBER (neuter): Mother with 5 kittens transferred to another organization for adoption. DECEMBER (neuter): Our TNR program was suspended for the winter. A resident opted to care for the feral and RAA paid for neutering and vaccines. DECEMBER (death): Colony caregiver contacted RAA to report cat in their care was in ill health. Cat received veterinary diagnosis of severe congestive heart failure and was euthanized.