Trap - Neuter - Return

Trap-Neuter-Return is the most humane and effective method for managing the feral or stray cat population. Once humanely trapped and brought to a veterinary clinic or shelter, cats are spayed or neutered, vaccinated for rabies where appropriate, and ear tipped for identification. After surgical recovery, the cats are returned to their original territory. When foster or permanent homes are available, young kittens and friendly adults are removed and placed for adoption. This approach has the potential to greatly reduce the size of the feral cat population over time, reduce nuisance behavior, and improve the overall health of the animals, while continuing the positive effects of a healthy feral cat population, such as rodent control.

If you would like to participate in the City’s TNR program, please contact Columbia Animal Services at (803) 776-7387 for program details and assistance.


Announcing the 2019 Midlands T-N-R Challenge

The Animal Mission is pleased to announce the launch of a new initiative to further our ongoing Trap-Neuter-Return program for feral (or neighborhood) cats. The Midlands TNR Challenge hopes to engage the public in a Richland County vs. Lexington County competition for the most support and donations received. The program, launched February 1st, is designed to foster a fun and competitive avenue for the public to support their county’s TRN efforts.

While both counties will benefit from the contributions made, the ‘winner’ will be announced in September in conjunction with the annual Palmetto Peanut Boil fundraiser. The winning county will receive an additional $1,000 for TNR from The Animal Mission.

For every increment of $32 received, the county selected by the donor will receive one additional spay or neuter procedure to be used by residents of their county.

Vouchers within each county will be made available to the community as donations are received, and may be picked up at the City of Columbia Animal Shelter and Lexington Country Animal Services. Residents of both counties are encouraged to call first to check availability before visiting to claim a voucher.

Lexington County Donations


Richland County Donations

Richland County

What is a No Kill Community?

Trap Neuter Return

Make a Donation

The Paw Path

Fill the Red Truck

Palmetto Peanut Boil