Feral cats program


Volunteers needed - information session

We are looking for volunteers to capture feral cats

There are specific and strict guidelines to follow when wanting to trapping cats in these cages for the TNRM program and we work to ensure participants can do so safely and humanely.


The SPCA invites you to an information and training session on the TNRM program :

Wednesday, June 13 from 7 pm to 8 :30 pm at Centre Harpell


On the agenda :

  • Presentation of the project and its effectiveness
  • Differentiation between a wild cat and a lost domestic cat (feline language)
  • Different techniques used for the control of cats and animals of the fauna
  • Vacuum effect
  • Equipment used in capture and training on trap techniques
  • How to maintain cats after sterilization
  • Winter and cat shelters
  • Demo and question period

In short

Since March 2018, the City of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue has joined the TNRM program (Trap-Neuter-Release-and-Maintain) of the SPCA.


The program

In 2010, Montreal’s SPCA implemented a sterilization program for feral cats called TNRM, short for Trap-Neuter-Release-and-Maintain. Feral cats are un-owned domestic cats who have returned to a semi-wild state and cannot be handled nor be adopted into homes. They often live in small or large groups, known as colonies.

The TNRM program also ensures the continuity of care for these cats (food, drinking water, outside shelter during winter) and offers guidance and information to the citizens to maintain the cats’ well-being.

To learn more >> www.spca.com 


Have you seen cats with an ear like this?

These cats have been ear-tipped or ‘notched’. This is a surgical alteration showing that a free-living cat has been spayed/neutered. It’s part of the program ‘TNRM, which means Trap, Neuter, Release, Maintain.

These cats should never be re-trapped or brought to a shelter, unless sick or injured. Instead, they should be left in their neighborhood to provide cat population control. Studies have shown by just being there, they prevent other cats from moving into the area. And, because they have been fixed, they will never have litters of kittens.

Cats who have been ear-tipped or ‘notched’ have a very distinctive cut that is even, whereas naturally occurring frostbite would be unlikely to result in perfectly even cuts in either of the shapes. Even if you don’t like cats, TNRM ear-tipped cats have an important job to do in keeping your neighborhood a nice place to live.


Animals are not consumer goods!

Owning a pet is a lot of responsabilities and costs money:

  • A strong commitment for many years to come;
  • Covering the costs of sterilization and annual identification;
  • Covering the costs related to its food and care (nails, ears, coat, grooming etc.);
  • Covering the costs of regular veterinarian care (shots, protection against flees, heartworm, etc.) and unforeseen expenses;
  • Covering boarding costs (when on vacation);
  • Daily walks (for dogs);
  • More frequent house cleaning (pet hair, sand, etc.)...

Be responsible : animals are not consumer goods!


Moving or going on vacation ?

If you are moving or going on vacation, please don’t leave your pet homeless and searching on its own for a new address! Find your pet a new home instead of leaving it to fend for itself.
Contact a local shelter or a local organization!


Cat pyramid