Date of Award

Spring 5-2013

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis


Biological Sciences

First Advisor

Robert Turnbull

Advisor Department

Biological Sciences


The TNR program has been met with both scrutiny and approval as a result of conflicting data from studies that examine its usefulness as a means of controlling the free-roaming cat population explosion (Levy & Crawford, 2004). Though the differing opinions will be discussed, it is not the intention of this paper to provide evidence in support of one or the other; instead, the purpose is to examine the various clinics’ implementation of the TNR program and its usefulness in providing data. In addition, an analysis of the data was done to determine what they may suggest about the free-roaming cat populations in the different areas. At the time of this writing, there are no known published data collections for free-roaming cats in the regions examined in this study. This information is therefore important to establish a baseline for free-roaming cat health, help keep the cats at or above said baseline, prevent the spread of disease among cat populations, and potentially implement more efficient population-control programs (Scott et al., 2002b).

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