It is our mission to improve the quality of life for feral, stray, and abandoned cats and kittens. Abandoned cats, kittens, and friendly strays that come into our shelter are treated for any illness, vetted, and are then rehomed. We provide trap, neuter, return to feral cats to help them live a better quality of life and reduce the kitten population.
Have A Heart TNR Inc. Is a state licensed cat rescue, registered 501c3 nonprofit in the state of Kansas. Our main area of operation is Clay and Cloud counties in North Central Kansas. We have also helped cats in the counties of Washington, Republic, Marshall, Pottawatomie, and Rush in Kansas on a case by case basis.
The main focus of our organization is Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR). It is our goal to help feral and stray cats live a better quality of life and to reduce the kitten population. Our service area is mainly in Clay or Cloud counties of Kansas. Other area counties will be considered on a case by case basis.
If you are a feral cat colony caregiver that lives in a 35 mile radius of Clifton , KS and need help, please fill out and submit this form:
What is T-N-R?
Unowned cats, who typically live together in a group called a colony, are trapped and brought to a veterinary clinic to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and eartipped. After they have recovered from their surgeries, the cats are returned back to their original territory where a caregiver provides regular food and water.
Other terms for an unowned cat include: feral, stray, community cat.
What is an ear tip?
Eartipping is an effective and universally accepted method to identify a spayed or neutered cat. It is the removal of the distal one-quarter of a cat's left ear. This procedure is performed under sterile conditions while the cat is already anesthetized for spay or neuter surgery. Although tipping the left ear is the most common and clearly identifiable, some vets will tip the right ear or notch the ear. It is important to examine the ears of any cats that have been trapped to ensure they have not already been spayed or neutered.
TNR is the humane and effective alternative to euthanizing unowned cats. Scientific studies show that trap-neuter-return improves the lives of unowned cats, improves their relationships with the people who live near them, and decreases the size of colonies over time.
TNR helps to stop the breeding cycle altogether, and therefore improves their lives while preventing reproduction. TNR relieves cats of the constant stresses of mating and pregnancy. Mating behaviors cease, like roaming, yowling, spraying, and fighting.
We know you may be worried that the kittens have been abandoned, but that may not be the case.
It’s possible that the mother will be returning soon and has left briefly to find food to feed herself and her litter.
Unless the kittens are in immediate danger, and you cannot be sure if they have been dumped or abandoned, don’t do anything yet. Wait and watch from a safe distance for 3 to 4 hours to see if the mother cat returns. The best place for kittens is with their mother, who is best equipped to care for her family unless the kittens are in imminent danger or distress.