Learn how to be a safe and effective caretaker of feral and stray cat colonies in New York City by using Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). We recommend attending an in-person TNR workshop, which gives the benefits of face-to-face interaction with instructors, ability to ask your questions real-time, hands-on practice with traps, and the opportunity to network with fellow caretakers. However, if you absolutely cannot attend an in-person workshop, we offer this online certification option.
In this free, 60-minute webinar recording, each step in the TNR process is described in detail and enhanced with video demonstrations. You will also learn about:
Working with neighbors and the community at large
Best practices for colony feeding
Setting up adequate shelter
Arranging for spay/neuter, trapping, and caring for the cats pre- and post-surgery
This webinar is especially for TNR caretakers in NYC but anyone interested in feral cat colony management will benefit. After you watch the webinar, check your in-box for information on how to register as a Certified TNR Caretaker in NYC.
1. Download the Guide First!
Learn how to become a Certified TNR Caretaker in NYC using the webinar and the Guide to Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and Colony Care. The recording makes numerous references to the handbook, so be sure to download and print the handbook before watching the recording. We also recommend reading the handbook in full before planning or participating in a TNR project. You may obtain a print copy of the handbook by contacting TNRhandbook@aspca.org.
2. Then watch the Webinar Recording and 3 training videos
After you submit this form, you will receive access to four training videos. Please refer to the confirmation email for instructions.
After you watch the webinar, register as a Certified TNR Caretaker in NYC to gain access to free or low-cost spay/neuter, trap loans, transportation for cats and traps, educational and networking events, newsletters, community outreach materials, and other services and support within the five boroughs of New York City. Registration automatically enters you in the Certified TNR Caretaker database, so you don't need to show a card to take advantage of these services.
Learn how to become a registered rescuer with the ASPCA, which provides you with free or low-cost veterinary services for feral and friendly cats. Once you are certified as a TNR Caretaker, you can register as a rescuer in order to use the ASPCA spay/neuter clinics, trap bank, and transport service.