Most frequent questions and answers

TNR stands for “Trap-Neuter-Return,” which is a humane and effective approach to manage feral and stray cat populations. The process involves trapping the cats in a humane manner, getting them spayed or neutered, vaccinated against rabies, and then returning them to their original location. This practice helps in reducing the number of kittens born into homelessness and improves the lives of adult cats.

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It might seem counterintuitive to return feral cats to the outdoors, but TNR is actually the most humane and effective method for controlling feral cat populations. Feral cats are not socialized to humans and are not suitable for indoor living. They have established territories and social structures that we aim to preserve. When feral cats are removed from their territories, new feral cats typically move in, creating a “vacuum effect.” TNR prevents this, allowing the cats to live out their lives without adding to the population.

We operate solely in Port Neches, TX. Due to limited resources, we are unable to extend our TNR or rescue services to other towns. We focus our efforts on Port Neches because it allows us to build stronger relationships within the community and be more effective in our mission to help stray and feral cats.

Our primary focus is TNR, which means we aim to spay or neuter feral cats and return them to their environment. Feral cats are often not suitable for home environments and do better living outdoors in their known territories. Removing a feral cat from its territory does not solve the problem, as another will simply take its place. TNR is the most humane and effective approach for managing feral and community cats. If you would just like the cat to stay out of your yard, there are some Humane Deterrents you can use after they have been TNR’ed.


Rescue FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

Unfortunately, we are not a rehoming service. Our primary focus is on the TNR program and rescuing stray and feral cats from the streets. Our resources are already stretched thin, and we don’t have the capacity to take in pet cats for rehoming.

If you have found a stray cat, the first step is to determine if it’s truly stray or if it is an owned cat that’s allowed to roam. Look for identification tags or take the cat to a vet to check for a microchip. If the cat is indeed stray and you can safely contain it, contact us for advice on next steps. Alternatively, you may decide to take the cat to a local animal shelter if it seems socialized and adoptable.


If you’ve found a kitten, it’s important to first assess the situation. Is the mother nearby? Often, the mother is out hunting and will return. If the kitten is in immediate danger or appears sick, then intervention may be necessary. If the kitten appears healthy and is in a safe area, it’s usually best to wait and observe from a distance for a few hours to see if the mother returns. If after observing, you’re certain the kitten is abandoned, you can contact us for further guidance or consult our online resources for next steps.

Additional Resources: 

ASPCA – I found kittens outside, what do i do?

Humane Society – What to do if you find kittens

Kitten Lady – Found a kitten outside? 


We are a rescue organization, not a shelter, which means we have limited capacity to take in cats. Additionally, we adhere to strict quarantine protocols to ensure the safety and well-being of all cats in our care, incoming cats, our personal pets, and ourselves. This rigorous process limits our ability to accept new cats, particularly during busy seasons or when there are outbreaks of feline illnesses.

If you did not receive a response from us, it’s likely because our auto-reply system has already addressed your query. We are a volunteer-run organization, and our board members are committed to various responsibilities including full-time jobs, families, personal pets, and other life events. We aim to reply as soon as we can but ask for your understanding in case of delays.

If you have other questions that were not answered here, please feel free to reach out to us again. Thank you for your understanding and support.

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Ways to Help

Friends of Ferals relies on the support of volunteers and donations from the community to carry out our mission. We are committed to providing the best possible care for feral and stray cats and making a positive impact in the Port Neches area.

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We are always looking for volunteers, sponsors, and community members who share our vision. If you’re interested in making a meaningful impact, we’d love to hear from you. Together, we can make a difference—one cat at a time.

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