Trap-Neuter-Return Program

Trap-Neuter-Return is the only humane solution to feral, stray and free-roaming cat overpopulation.

In the Purry Paws Rescue Inc. Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program, we will help caretakers identify all feral, stray and free-roaming cats. All cats will be humanely trapped in a live trap, brought to our facility and held until their scheduled appointment at Pawmetto Lifeline.

What areas do we cover?

Lexington, Batesburg-Leesville (Lexington County only), Summit, Fairview, Irmo, Red Bank, West Columbia (not inside city limits) There may be an exception or two to this, but generally, we like to stay in these areas. If you are NOT inside these areas, we can direct you to the commercial trapper that provides service to your location.

Once taken to PLL, all cats will be sedated and evaluated, any wounds will be addressed, FVRCP and Rabies vaccines will be given, the cat will be spayed or neutered, tattoed and ear tipped. The cats spend the night at either PLL or our facility until they have all anesthesia/sedation out of their system, and it is safe to release them back to where they were trapped.

The cost for all these services varies and includes trapping, transport, and all services from PLL. The only thing that may raise the price is if the cat has major health concerns and is required to be given any prescribed medications post-op. We do NOT euthanize healthy cats, we are a non-profit rescue and only have the health and well being of the cats in mind.

*Prices are subject to change and may vary depending on grants and specials being offered by Pawmetto Lifeline at the time of trapping. Special pricing is available for large colonies of greater than 20 cats.

Sometimes there are extenuating circumstances that require PPR to hold the cats longer than overnight. We will not release cats when it is raining as the cats have sutures inside but the outside skin incision is glued. This glue may be washed away if the cat gets wet. We would rather house the cat more than a day to prevent this from happening. The cats are housed humanely, put in clean traps every other day and they are fed/watered twice daily, both wet and dry food as well as fresh water. Any medications prescribed will be administered as well.

We also help people construct housing for the cats for inclement weather. There are several different types of housing, but our most popular are made from very thick walled styrofoam coolers, filled with straw. Straw will not mold when it gets wet because it is hollow. Hay will mold and will need to be changed more frequently than straw. Here we generally recommend changing the straw a minimum of twice per year.

If kittens are found in the colony, we will assess each one and if it is of an age that we can socialize it, vet it and adopt it out, we will take it, providing we have room in our rescue. If we do not have room, we can offer guidance and provide the colony caretaker or homeowner a list of other rescues they may contact. If they are unadoptable, we will also take those kittens to PLL, get them spayed/neutered, vaccinated, ear tipped and then return them to the colony. Kittens must weigh a minimum of two pounds to be spayed or neutered.

Why TNR Feral Cats?

The chart below shows just how many cats can be reproduced. Feral cats are wild animals. All they do is eat, sleep, and MAKE MORE CATS. 4 feral cats can turn into 50 cats very fast. Many people do not understand that females can get pregnant as early as 4 months of age. TNR is the ONLY HUMANE SOLUTION. The chart below is based on a female only having TWO litters per year, however, they can have up to 4 litters per year.


Year End Numbers:
In 2017 PPR spayed and neutered a total of 457 cats and kittens.
In 2018 PPR spayed and neutered a total of 613 cats and kittens.
We are committed to helping the community cats of Lexington County, SC.