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Trap, Neuter, Return

Our Animal Welfare Officers run a Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR) programme for feral cats in London to help control and contain the cat population.

There are many cat colonies in London and it is important that they are neutered to prevent further breeding and health checked to prevent the spread of diseases such as FIV and FeLV.

Our Animal Welfare Officers respond to calls from the general public, trapping the cats on location to bring them back to Mayhew for neutering and health checks.


They will then re-release the neutered adult cats back to their colony location, providing the area is suitable and a safe environment for them. If litters of kittens under 8 weeks old are brought in, then in the majority of cases the litter will remain at The Mayhew to be socialised and then put up for adoption.

If you’re concerned about populations of cats in your area, please email our Animal Welfare Officers at awo@mayhewanimalhome.org or call them on 020 8962 8000

In this video one of our Animal Welfare Officers, Paul Grimes, gives you a quick insight into our TNR programme.