Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR)

The Western PA Humane Society is a partner in Three Rivers Feral Project, which is an initiative to provide low-cost spay/neuter/vaccination services to area caregivers who care for feral cat colonies. This program is available to feral colony caregivers who practice Trap-Neuter-Release, also known as TNR, which is a humane solution for feral cats.

Included in the $35 per cat fee is spay or neuter surgery, a one-year rabies vaccination, treatment for fleas, gastrointestinal parasites, heartworm, and earmites, and an ear-tip to identify the cat as an altered cat who is part of a managed feral cat colony. Any feral cat or kitten over the age of three months is eligible for this program.

(Important note: A feral is different from a stray cat. A stray cat is a pet cat that has been lost or abandoned. Feral cats are born in the wild and are unable to be safely handled)

Appointments must be made in advance for TNR, and openings are available Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Drop off is between 6:45 and 10:00 AM and pick up is between 3:00 and 4:00 PM. All feral cats must be in a humane trap to be accepted through our TNR program. Clients will be asked to reschedule if cats are brought in any other type of enclosure. Traps should be covered with a towel or a sheet in order to make this experience less stressful on the feral cat.

The Western PA Humane Society can provide humane trap rentals. There are a limited number of traps available and a $50 deposit is due at the time of rental. Please contact the Humane Investigations Department at 412-321-4625 ext. 216 for more information on renting and using humane traps.

The Western PA Humane Society encourages compassionate individuals who feed feral cats in our communities to practice Trap-Neuter-Return. Most of these cats are not adoptable in a shelter environment, but will thrive when spayed/neutered, provided food, water and shelter, and allowed to continue their lives in their outdoor home.

To show our support of colony managers, for every 10th TNR surgery that you bring to the shelter - it is free of charge! (based upon Calendar Year)


412-321-4625 ext 213

Approved Trap


Wildlife and Farm Animal Rescue Reference Sheet

The Western Pennsylvania Humane Society rents traps for use only with stray and/or feral cats. In the occasion that wildlife is trapped, the individual should contact a wildlife pest control company.

  • Animal Rescue League & Wildlife Center 412-345-7300 EXT 500
  • Pennsylvania Game Commission, SW Regional Office 724-238-9523
  • Critter Control 412-366-1117
  • Pittsburgh Pro-Poultry People 412-237-9922
  • City of Pittsburgh Animal Control 412-255-2036