TNR Manual for Ireland

Part of Ireland's TNR Manual

How to Help Community Cats

Adapted for Ireland from Alley Cat Allies Conduct TNR Guide.

Our TNR Manual for Ireland, a Best Practice handbook, is designed to be brief and portable, with the bulk of the supporting information easily accessible online.  This section of our site holds the information for trappers, expanding on the manual (see also our Vet Pack for veterinary staff).

An introduction and summary of the Manual - a great place to start

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Familiarise yourself with the TNR process and make sure to plan all of your trapping endeavours in advance

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Follow these simple steps to complete the trapping of the cat colony

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After the surgery, the cats need a safe place to recover and should be monitored closely

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Monitoring the Colony
TNR doesn’t end with the return of the neutered cats. The colony needs ongoing care and monitoring

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Short Links

The short links referred to in the Manual itself have changed since it was printed. They are, however, available here. Simply replace any FCI link with[page link]

For example: for the link, instead use and you will be redirected to the information.

We are in the process of updating the Manual to correct the links and update some information. Watch this space!

Watch our selection of TNR videos, as a complement to this guide.

Best Practice

Produced as part of the collaborative CATalyst project, in association with Drogheda Animal Rescue, our TNR Manual for Ireland has been developed to present Best Practice guidelines for veteran and newbie trappers alike. Look out for our Best Practice boxes (like this one).

For the CATalyst Project, Best Practice involves fostering partnerships with local rescue & grass roots rescuers and trappers and local animal welfare groups. We recognise that success is based on community partnerships. If you disagree with, or have anything to add to, our information don't hesitate to get in touch - together we'll strive to make TNR in Ireland the best it can be for the animals - human and feline alike!


You can download the pdf version of the Manual here, just click on the image below:

TNR Manual Cover

Presented for your delectation by the CATalyst Project to publicise, educate, enable and inspire TNR projects around Ireland. This site hosts the expanded, web-based, aspect of the Manual. 

The original design of the manual was by Joanna Reid - and we are immensely grateful to her for the time and expertise she's put into it - it's gorgeous!

Please let us know what you think (constructively). There are a few updates to be made on the web as it's a while since it was first written.

Note we're relying heavily on our gurus, Alley Cat Allies, who've developed world-recognised best practices for the humane care of outdoor cats. Heartfelt thanks to them for their permission to use (and tweak) their text!

We started the design of the Manual in the winter of 2012, and will continue to update these pages with information.


Related Links

Start with our Overview ...

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Part of Ireland's TNR Manual

How to Help Community Cats