The City of Mesquite acknowledges 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 colony. By returning the sterilized cats back into the colony, the population stabilizes and no new kittens can be born. Also, nuisance behaviors often subside with sterilization. Over time, the colony size 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. The city is currently accepting applications for colony Caretakers.