TNR in Volusia County

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TNR in Volusia County - explained

The term TNR comes up frequently in animal rescue circles but not everyone has heard of it. TNR stands for “Trap, Neuter, Return”, or “Trap, Neuter, Release”. It is the practice of trapping feral, or free roaming cats and having them spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and then released back into their colony. Upon return, they have a small ‘tip’ cut out of their ear which identifies them as part of a protected colony. Whether people love or hate cats, this practice WORKS.

Feral, or free roaming cats, when not ‘fixed’ can become nuisances especially when breeding. They mark their territory and become noisy and this is when business owners or individuals start getting upset. It costs our cities a lot of money to impound and euthanize these animals (far more than neutering and returning them).

Taking them away and euthanizing them however, is not the solution as this creates what is known as a ‘vacuum effect’ where other cat’s just move into the area, and the problem starts up again. Relocating also is not an option as the cats will roam miles to return back to their ‘home’, often crossing busy roads which leads to accidents. When cats are trapped and neutered the breeding and nuisance behavior stops, the numbers stop growing and eventually the population declines. It is much more cost effective to trap, neuter, and release a cat, than it is to impound and euthanize it. The bottom line is, animals do not need to die when we have a humane solution called TNR that has been proven to work and save money!

TNR Contact Information By City

Below is contact information for the cities who have adopted TNR Programs. These programs provide funding for cat spaying and neutering, vaccinations, (rabies and distemper) and ear tipping for identification.  Please contact them directly to sign up for the program. Please know if you live in the Unincorporated part of Volusia County then you need to contact that number located below.

Unincorporated Volusia County: If you live in the Unincorporated parts of Volusia County you have to call this number: Volusia County Animal Services – Call 386-323-3575

Daytona: Contact Pat of CCFAW by phone or email (with your full name, full address, phone number, and how many cats need fixed). 386-405-1559  or email: CCFAW@CCFAW.Org  Or fill out this form: https://form.jotform.com/201707116508146

Debary/Orange City:  Call Heather Crowne at 407-810-6071

Deland:  Contact the county at 386-323-3575

Deltona:   Email Brooke Light at FixCats@DeltonaTNR.com or fill out this form to get started. http://form.jotform.com/201300139063035

Edgewater: Contact Pat of CCFAW by phone or email (with your full name, full address, phone number, and how many cats need fixed). 386-405-1559  or email: CCFAW@CCFAW.Org        Or fill out this form: https://form.jotform.com/201707116508146

Holly Hill: Contact Pat of CCFAW by phone or email (with your full name, full address, phone number, and how many cats need fixed). 386-405-1559  or email: CCFAW@CCFAW.Org      Or fill out this form: https://form.jotform.com/201707116508146 

New Smyrna Beach: Contact Pat of CCFAW by phone or email (with your full name, full address, phone number, and how many cats need fixed). 386-405-1559  or email: CCFAW@CCFAW.Org    Or fill out this form: https://form.jotform.com/201707116508146

Oak Hill:  Contact Farmhouse Cats by email at pseuberling@cfl.rr.com or on Facebook under Farmhouse Cats

Orange City/Debary:  Call Heather Crowne at 407-810-6071

Ormond Beach:  Call Ormond Beach Animal Control Contact Officer JoAnn Owen at 386-676-3262 (it will route you to dispatch. Leave message if they don’t answer)

Ponce Inlet:  Call Nancy Epps at 386-795-2310

Port Orange: TNR (Trap Neuter Return) call 386-506-5836 . You can pick up a TNR packet at the Port Orange Police Department located at 4545 S. Clyde Morris Blvd, Port Orange. Or leave a message with your email and they can forward the copies for you to fill out. They typically have traps you can also borrow.

For dog or cat issues (other than TNR) call 386-248-1777 (central dispatching center).  

South Daytona:  Call Officer Steve Pignataro at 386-322-3059

Unincorporated Volusia County:  Volusia County Animal Services – Call 386-323-3575