Iowa Trap/Neuter/Release Resource and Assistance Program
|Iowa Humane Alliance recognizes that free-roaming stray and feral cats are a major concern in Iowa. In both our rural and urban areas, there are millions of homeless cats. These cats are reproducing at exponential rates and animal shelters do not have the resources to solve the problem.
Trap/Neuter/Release (TNR) programs are a humane alternative to mass euthanasia of our community cats and, when well managed, are more effective at reducing the population. You can learn more about how TNR programs work by watching these YouTube videos from The Humane Society of the US and Bryan Kortis of Neighborhood Cats.
The Purpose of the I-TRAP Program
Iowa Humane Alliance has heard from hundreds of citizens who are feeding and caring for colonies of feral cats on their farms and in their neighborhoods. We are committed to facilitating the work of those who care for these cats and to assisting them with humanely controlling the population growth. We also promote community awareness of the responsible care and treatment of homeless animals, including those that are not likely to become house pets because of lack of socialization.
The I-TRAP Program assists Iowa communities, individuals, and humane organizations in establishing programs to deal humanely with their free-roaming cat populations. Our goal is to create local ownership, management and sustainability of your TNR program. At this time, we offer the following services in Eastern Iowa.
- Training in the form of Humane Trapping and Colony Caregiver workshops,and assistance with organizing and coaching for your initial trap/neuter/release event.
- Loans of equipment, including humane traps and cat carriers, to individuals and groups for humanely managed TNR projects only.
- Assistance with education public policy makers as to the value of TNR programs.
- Assistance with accessing low cost spay/neuter options for the cats.