Community Cat Advocacy


Project TNR is New Jersey’s central resource for information on community cats and Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)

Project TNR, a program of Animal Protection League of New Jersey (APLNJ), encourages and assists with the implementation of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) as the effective, cost-effective and humane method of managing community cat numbers, protecting public health and reducing impact on wildlife. We provide technical assistance to municipalities, nonprofits, and residents, and advocate on behalf of the cats and their caregivers.

Using TNR, all the cats in a colony are trapped, altered and vaccinated against rabies. Feral cats (having been eartipped) are  returned to their territory where caregivers provide them with lifelong food, water, shelter and veterinary care. Young kittens who can still be socialized, as well as friendly adults, are placed in foster care and eventually adopted out to good homes.

TNR is a movement that is growing by leaps and bounds as residents and local governments see its potential. It is on a trajectory to become the predominant method of community cat population control.

Please see the links to the left for educational materials, ways to connect with other caregivers, how TNR can benefit your town and much more.

If after reviewing the materials on this website, you feel overwhelmed or unable to move forward with a TNR plan, feel free to contact a local mentor group where available. Click on the map to the right to find a list of mentor organizations in your area that engage in Trap-Neuter-Return.

APLNJ seeks to make New Jersey a Trap-Neuter-Return friendly state by providing assistance to caregivers and municipalities alike. Through Project TNR we:

  • Support feral cat caregivers through advocacy, networking, education and access to funding when available by:
    • maintaining an email listserv of caregivers for sharing of resources and experiences
    • making educational materials available
    • distributing our Nexus News newsletter for networking purposes and to keep abreast of the latest news on TNR in New Jersey
    • working with veterinarians to provide low cost spay/neuter options
    • connecting caregivers with local experienced TNR advocates and organizations who can assist in implementing a TNR program

    To learn more about Project TNR’s services for caregivers, contact Sandra Obi, Project TNR Director via email or at 1-978-CAT-LADY (978-228-5239), Monday – Friday 9am – 1pm.

  • Provide New Jersey municipalities with the information and tools needed to establish an effective TNR policy and program. For municipal officials Project TNR will:
    • offer presentations to health and animal control officers, administrators and mayors and council members on the many benefits of instituting a TNR program
    • help devise and implement a TNR program
    • advocate on the state level for funding and support of TNR
    • works with municipal officials to explore funding options and find the lowest cost spay/neuter services in the area
    • draft ordinances and policies with relation to a TNR program
    • connect your town with experienced TNR individuals and organizations in your area who may be able to implement your TNR program with you or for you
    • assist with management of feral cat populations in apartment or high volume housing areas
    • support and provide public education opportunities emphasizing the benefits of spaying and neutering

    Additionally, Project TNR offers these services to apartment or condominium managers looking to manage feral cat populations.

    To learn more about Project TNR’s services for municipalities, contact Janine Motta at 732-446-6808 x: 101 or via email.