TNR and Deb Bird in action

Please note:  Our 2023 TNR Season is closed, effective November 1. 

For assistance next spring, please email to be placed on a waitlist.  

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 have humane have-a-heart traps available for rent.  The rental cost is $75 (replacement cost of trap) and we can loan out traps for up to two weeks.  Please call the shelter at 802-388-1100 to schedule a time to pick one up!

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