How To Help TNR!

Compassionate people across the country are providing care to stray and feral cats daily. They follow simple but necessary steps of TNR improving the quality of life for these cats by getting them spay/neutered, vaccinating and returning them with a plan. These are ONLY guidelines as every trapping location is different. You must have permission to trap in areas not your own and take precaution for your safety.
NEVER attempt to handle a feral cat as even if they look sweet they get scared and will struggle to get away harming you in the process.
Please consider attending a monthly meeting for demonstrations on how to trap, transport and after care. We will loan equipment to local people interested.



What to Do (and NOT Do) If You Find a Newborn Kitten

Feeding Instructions for the Colony

Food: nutrition and seasonal considerations

The amount of food a cat needs depends on her size, the weather, and what other food sources are available. Expect an adult feral cat to eat roughly 5.5 ounces of wet (canned) cat food and 2 ounces of dry food daily (increase to a half cup if only feeding dry). Cats vary in their needs, and so some will eat considerably more food, others less.

While gauging how much to leave, observe the cats and use your discretion based on the time it takes for the food to be eaten. If the cats eat all of the food in 15 minutes or less, consider putting out a bit more. If there is consistently food remaining after a half hour, put out a bit less. Although most cats clearly enjoy canned food, feeding a colony
dry food alone is fine as well. It is less expensive and just as nutritious.

In the winter, especially in colder locations, expect the colony to
consume more food because they will need extra calories to maintain energy
levels. In places where wet food may freeze, it is advisable to just feed dry
food. If you know the colony will eat right away, and you plan to feed canned
food, consider warming the food prior to arriving at the site and using
insulated bags to keep the food warm during travel.

Remove uneaten food within 30 minutes. Never allow food to sit out, as it may attract insects or wildlife.


It may be obvious that a cluttered area with debris will call undue attention, but it is worth stating here to emphasize its importance. Besides any empty food containers you use for the cats, there may be other garbage and trash. Removing all of this daily or weekly will help make the feeding station sanitary and unobtrusive. Many caregivers realize that it is important to pick up the trash in the area, even garbage they did not create. This helps avoid possible health code violations and maintain positive relations with the local residents.

Please check out Pawswatch’s “BEST PRACTICE FOR FEEDING” for more information and Alley Cat Allies for more on feeding practices.

What is TNRM?

TNRM stands for “Trap, Neuter, Return, Monitor.”  Trap-Neuter-Return is the humane, effective approach for feral cats. Feral cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and eartipped (the universal symbol of a neutered and vaccinated cat), and then returned to their outdoor home. Socialized cats and kittens are adopted into homes. The colony’s population stabilizes—no more kittens! Trap-Neuter-Return improves their lives and their relations with the community: the behaviors and stresses associated with mating stop. For a wealth of information regarding TNR, click here to visit the Alley Cat Allies website.

Each year, PawsWatch provides veterinary care (spay/neuter and vaccinations) to approximately 2,000 cats across Rhode Island. We work with the Rhode Island Community Spay/Neuter Clinic in Warwick and local veterinarians who provide discounted services.  Volunteers trap feral cats, transport them to veterinary appointments, and return them to their familiar habitat after they have recovered.  Volunteers ensure the cats have food and shelter, and also monitor the colonies. Our goal is to transform the population of street cats, also referred to as feral cats, into healthy, managed colonies. Those colonies then decline through attrition, reducing the number of cats killed or euthanized in shelters.
PawsWatch encourages Rhode Islanders to assist the cats on their own property, with our help. We are not a shelter, and we do not take in owned or stray cats; however, we may facilitate the adoption of cats and kittens being cared for by our friends and neighbors.

None of this is possible without volunteers and donations!