TNR and Deb Bird in action

In 2021, we sterilized nearly 200 stray, feral, and loosely-owned community cats.  With our in-house spay/neuter clinic up and running we plan to have an even greater reach in 2022!

Part of what makes Addison County such a great place to live is the numerous farms and beautiful fields and woods that mark our landscape. However, this type of terrain is also prime territory for barn and feral cats. Homeward Bound offers the Trap-Neuter-Return program to help with this issue. We are dedicated to the health and welfare of every animal, whether it prefers a human lap or a nice haystack as a place to catch a nap!

Trap-Neuter-Return, commonly referred to as TNR, is an effective and time tested program through which cats are humanely captured in traps, spayed or neutered by a veterinarian, rabies vaccinated, and returned to their original location where they can live out their lives.

How We Can Help

To take part in this program, cats must be within Addison County and must have a responsible person committed to feeding and monitoring them. If you are willing to continue feeding and looking after the cats at your barn or the feral cats in your neighborhood, this is the program for you! There is no charge for this program… we simply need you to be willing to help care for these cats after they are released back into the community.

We can help with large colonies of cats and/or with indivdual ferals.  For more information on how to get started, please send an email to  

Contact Details

236 Boardman Street
Middlebury, VT 05753

Adoption Center Hours

Tuesday - Saturday
Open by Appointment Only