A community cat program is a comprehensive set of programming and services designed to humanely and effectively reduce the number of cats entering animal shelters over time. These programs are customized to meet the specific needs of individual communities and are always anchored by a method called trap-neuter-vaccinate-return (TNVR).
With TNVR, community cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated and then returned to the outdoor location where they were living.
Best Friends in Utah runs successful community cat program partnerships with six of Utah’s largest shelters: Salt Lake County Animal Services, West Valley City Animal Services, Tooele City Animal Services, West Jordan Animal Shelter, Davis County Animal Services and Weber County Animal Services.
These programs are beneficial because they result in fewer cats entering and burdening shelters, create a sustainable reduction in the outdoor cat population, provide public health protection through cat vaccinations, result in taxpayer savings (taxpayer money no longer used to round up and kill cats), and help create safe, humane communities for people and animals.