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Trap Neuter Release

In April 2019, Midwest Pets For Life received word that the TNR program which was presented to our city council is now part of Clinton’s animal ordinance. MPFL looks forward to being instrumental in reducing the feral cat population of Clinton in the most humane way possible, that being Trap/Neuter/Return. 

If you are aware of a feral cat colony in the city of Clinton, please complete the CCC (Community Cats of Clinton) Location form and return to MPFL so we are made aware of exist-ing colonies. A form can be requested by calling 563.249.2206 or it can also be downloaded from our website. 

The unowned feral cats of Clinton will be humanely trapped, altered, vaccinated, ear notched, and either microchipped or receive an ear tattoo, and then returned to the colony from which they came. If a TNR cat is taken to the shelter, it will be returned to the colony from which it came. Its home colony will be determined by the microchip/tattoo.

No City funding is being used for this project and all expenses will be covered by grants, donations, fundraisers and private citizen participation. We are grateful for Clinton’s Wal-Mart that recently provided a $1,000 grant to the TNR project. 

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What is a Feral Cat ? 

A feral cat is one that has little or no human contact, is a stray or has been abandoned and has reverted to the wild. Feral cats avoid human contact. Adult feral cats usually cannot be socialized and are most content living outside. Feral kittens up to ten weeks of age, can often be tamed. 

What is TNR ? Why TNR ? 

Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) is an effective way to control feral colonies. Feral cats are found in every community. When cats are not sterilized they reproduce. Cats and their offspring bond together in groups called colonies. The colonies stay where there is a food source. People care for colonies and provide food, water, and shelter. To manage colonies, Trap/Neuter/Return is the only solution. TNR is humane and painless. Cats will no longer reproduce and the colony is manageable. TNR is the only chance that feral cats have to live a safe and healthy life. TNR requires commitment. For assistance in TNR, please contact us at : 563.219.8024


The average life of a feral cat is 18 months. Cats can reproduce as young as 5 months of age. The gestation period of a cat is 56-65 days. Cat can go into heat every 14-21 days. An unaltered cat and their offspring can produce over 400,000 cats in 7 years. Early spay/neuter is beneficial to cats because : 


  • it produces less scar tissue 

  • it is less stressful on the cat 

  • there is a shorter recovery period when the cat is very young 

  • There is a lower risk of complications from surgery 

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