Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR)

Trap Neuter Return is a humane, effective way to reduce the number of stray and abandoned cats living on the streets which also works to improve their quality of life. At this link you can find an outline of our recommendations, but please contact us for more detailed support. We also have a few helpful fliers promoting spay/neuter of pets, and TNR.

Japan Cat Network is a nonprofit organization providing assistance to people, and has helped hundreds of people successfully solve problems involving cats. Our rescue list shows only part of what we do throughout the year. Additionally our work involves helping people connect to resources, as well as all around problem solving. If you have a cat related problem, feel free to contact us for advice, support and assistance. We many not always be able to help, but we are willing to listen and to give it a try.

Of course, we are not medical professionals, so if your situation requires medical attention, please seek professional help immediately.

TNR is the most important way in which we often provide help to people interested in helping cats. Reducing the reproduction of unwanted kittens remains our number one priority as an organization, so we are also committed to promoting spay and neuter for all pets. We have several fliers promoting spay/neuter, and TNR.

English flier promoting spay/neuter for pets
Japanese flier promoting spay/neuter for pets
English flier promoting TNR.

Starting Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) Programs in Your Neighbourhood

We want to help you start a TNR program in your neighborhood. We can teach you how to trap, loan you traps, and direct you to low cost spay/neuter clinics.


If you are involved in a TNR program, then we will help you try to find homes for cats and kittens, which are unsuitable for being put back on the street.

Supporting TNR Programs

There are many issues which arise in a TNR program. We can provide continuing support and information.


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ARK (Animal Refuge Kansai)
Many cats and dogs ready for adoption. Also leads action to confront cruel breeders and the authorities that neglect to do their job.

No More Homeless Animals Clinic
A low cost, high-volume, spay/neuter cat clinic near Kobe. Female cats – 8000 yen, male cats – 5000 yen. Check out

Zero no Kai
Tel: 075-462-3505 (no website)
A low cost, high-volume, spay/neuter cat and dog clinic in Kyoto. Females – 10,000 yen, males – 5000 yen. Only 3 days a month – the last full Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the month.

Has put together lots of information on animal welfare issues in Japan. (English and Japanese)

Neko Dasuke
Has put together lots of information on animal welfare issues in Japan. (In Japanese only.)

Japan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (JSPCA)
We don’t currently have much information about them. They apparently have 2 shelters in Japan. (In Japanese only).

Small Animal Support Association (SASA)

Satoya Boshu (Japanese pet adoption site)
This is a good site to use for rehoming rescued animals, though all information must be entered (and accessed) in Japanese. Animals over 6 months of age must be neutered or spayed and vaccinated before listing. Be sure to have good pictures, and a good description of the animal’s character. As with all forms of pet advertisement, be prepared to screen potential new owners carefully.

Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR)

AnimalTraps – Tru-Catch Live Traps
A great place to buy a variety of good traps and accessories for TNR. These are the best traps that we have used, and are well worth the extra cost to get them to Japan. If you are traveling to the States, and are willing to bring one back for us, please contact us!

Alley Cat Allies
Your best source for information on TNR and other feral cat issues.

More helpful links for info on TNR…


Animal People
World news on animal and environmental issues.

Angels With Fur
A newsgroup for people who love animals and who live in Japan.

Revival: Animal Health
Animal Care supplies. They will ship to Japan, but we no longer recommend this. We have recently had an order with one or two kinds of vitamin supplements, and over the counter skin care products for pets stopped at customs in Japan, and were then unable to receive them. There are no refunds, in this case, so proceed with caution.

World Animal Net
Listing of animal organizations in Japan and around the world.

Glenda Moore’s Cat Stuff
Fun and entertaining site with lots and lots of stuff relating to cats. Easy to use cat graphics (as seen on our website!), especially for rescue groups.

Here’s a list of possible subsidies for various areas of Tokyo. This kind of information changes from time to time, so it still may be best to check in person. If you go to the foreign residence section in your city office, they should be able to provide you with up to date information in English. However if you have difficulty tracking down the information, feel free to contact us and we’ll try to help.