The City of Mesquite supports the practice of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) as an effective solution to address the free-roaming cat population in Mesquite. TNR is the practice of humanely trapping free-roaming cats, sterilizing, vaccinating against rabies, ear-tipping and releasing them back into their community. By returning the sterilized cats back into the community, the population stabilizes and no new kittens can be born. Also, nuisance behaviors often subside with sterilization. Over time, the feral cat population decreases on its own.
Colonies of TNR cats are typically overseen by colony Caretakers. Caretakers work with Animal Services Staff to monitor the status and numbers of cats in a feral cat colony, ensure the ongoing health of the cats, provide food, water and proper shelter from inclement weather.