How to Teach Community TNR Workshops

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals supports Trap-Neuter-Return as a positive and effective program to help reduce outdoor cat populations and their nuisance behaviors. As communities begin to develop their TNR programs, education is a critical component to successful programs.

The ASPCA has teamed up with Alley Cat Allies and the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals to provide the following TNR training materials designed to keep cats and TNR workers safe while providing an overview of how to implement this humane and effective practice. By conducting this workshop in your community, you will help to build a network of qualified volunteers.

The workbook, workshop script, PowerPoint slideshow, and set of videos will provide an overview of TNR – what it is, how it works, and how to do it! The handbook itself should be read in full by anyone teaching a workshop or planning to participate in a TNR project. We also provide a checklist of materials to help you conduct a hands-on workshop.

What You'll Need

How You'll Use It

Guide to Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and Colony Care Handbook: Print enough copies for participants and instructors. The book is 98 pages long and we recommend printing in color in order to preserve quality of the kitten progression photos. If only black and white printouts are available, refer participants to to view a full-color version of the Kitten Progression Week-By-Week photos. Instructors should read through the entire book before teaching the course and hand copies out at the beginning of the workshop. Download the handbook

Workshop script: The script can be used by a single instructor or by two instructors who alternate sections. We recommend using it in conjunction with the slideshow; the script indicates which slide accompanies each section. If it is not possible to use the slideshow, the script and the three videos may form the basis of the presentation. The script includes cues for when to show the videos. It also notes specific pages in the book where participants can find more detailed information about each topic, so participants can begin referring to the book during the workshop. Download the script

PowerPoint slideshow: The slideshow is a companion to the script. It provides engaging visuals for participants and a backup "script" for instructors. You'll need a computer that can play PowerPoint 2007 files, a compatible projector and a screen. Use copies of the files that you have saved into a single folder on the computer's hard drive. If storing these files on a flash drive, copy them into a single folder on the computer's hard drive before playing the slideshow to ensure video quality. Test the slideshow on the equipment before the workshop. Download the slideshow

Videos: Save the downloaded videos into a single folder along with the slideshow. If not using the slideshow, show the videos according to the cues in the script. The videos are essential to the workshop as they show the actual TNR trapping process and illustrate other important points about community cats and the context of TNR. You'll need a computer that can play .mp4 and .mov files, a compatible projector and a screen. Test the videos before the workshop. Download video 1, video 2 and video 3.

Workshop outline: This provides an at-a-glance overview of what to expect from the workshop. Print enough copies for all participants and hand them out along with the handbooks at the beginning of the workshop. Download the outline

Checklist: This will help instructors gather and/or create the necessary materials to conduct a hands-on workshop and provide participants with all the information they need to start planning their own TNR projects. Download the checklist

ASPCApro has many resources relevant to community cats, so please take a look around our feral and community cat section to learn more. Also, watch the webinar recording Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and Colony Care in NYC.