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TNR Certification Workshop & Online Course

Become a Certified TNR Caretaker in NYC!

Attending a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) certification workshop is the first step you should take to gain the knowledge and skills needed to help the feral and stray community cats in your area. Upon completion of the workshop, you will become a Certified TNR Caretaker and be eligible for free spay/neuter, trap loans, transport of cats and traps, specialty training workshops, community outreach materialsTNR Caretaker Update newsletter, networking opportunities, dedicated NYCFCI help desk, and other services and support within the five boroughs of New York City provided by the NYC Feral Cat Initiative of Bideawee, the ASPCA, and other area organizations.

In-Person Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and Colony Care Workshop

Learn the basics of TNR and colony care in this hands-on workshop designed by Alley Cat Allies, the ASPCA, and the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. In this workshop, you will:

  • Learn about feral cats, their history and behavior
  • Learn the steps of humane trapping and pre- and post-spay/neuter surgery care with the help of video and live demonstrations
  • Practice using a box trap and divider for trapping and in-trap care
  • Learn the basics of caring for a cat colony
  • Learn how to build good relationships with neighbors throughout the TNR process and how to help the cats be good neighbors

Attendees will become Certified TNR Caretakers in NYC and receive our Guide to Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and Colony Care.

Tranp-Neuter-Return (TNR) and Colony Care Workshop - Saturday, January 25, 2020

Saturday, January 25, 2020

11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
BronxWorks Carolyn McLaughlin Community Center
1130 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10456
Learn More & Register: bit.ly/TNR200125

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and Colony Care Workshop - Saturday, February 22, 2020

Saturday, February 22, 2020

11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Queens Public Library – Peninsula
92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach, NY 11693
Learn More & Register: bit.ly/TNR200222

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and Colony Care Workshop - Thursday, March 19, 2020

Thursday, March 19, 2020

6:00–9:00 p.m.
410 East 38th Street, New York, NY 10016
Learn More & Register: bit.ly/TNR200319

Online Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and Colony Care Course

Note: The benefits of an in-person workshop include face-to-face interaction with the instructor, hands-on practice with traps, and the ability to network with fellow caretakers. While attending an in-person workshop is the preferred method for learning about TNR, if you absolutely cannot attend an in-person workshop, we hope you will use the online certification option.

This self-paced, free recorded webinar offers instruction on how to be a safe and effective caretaker of feral and stray cat colonies by using TNR. Each step in the TNR process is described in detail and enhanced with video demonstrations. You will learn about working with neighbors and the community at large; best practices for colony feeding; setting up adequate shelter; arranging for spay/neuter, trapping (including preparations, equipment, and techniques); and caring for the cats pre- and post-spay/neuter surgery. In addition, the course discusses why TNR works to reduce feral cat numbers and why other methods — such as trap and remove — have failed. Course materials include three videos, a downloadable copy of our Guide to Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and Colony Care, a NYC Community Cat Resource Guide, and an information sheet on NYC Community Cats and the Law.

Upon completion, you will become eligible to register as a Certified TNR Caretaker in NYC.

Learn More & Register: bit.ly/OnlineTNRNYC