How Our Program Works
Because our mission is focused on both improving the lives of feral cats AND reducing the overall population, we rely on individuals willing to register and serve as colony caretakers. It's important that someone who owns the property or has permission to be on the property where a feral cat colony lives is part of the process.
As a caretaker, we'll count on you to help us ensure that 100% (or as close as possible) of the cats in a colony are TNR'd, and that any newcomers down the line are also helped. Caretakers agree to also support the cats in the colony by providing food, shelter, and watch for any signs of illness or injury that might need to be addressed. We have over 1,200 registered colony caretakers!
What Are Spay Days?
One Saturday a month, our participating veterinarians and volunteers meet and perform spays and neuters on the feral or farm cats that have been previously registered as a colony with Cats Anonymous. In addition, there are weekly clinics on Wednesdays, and a few appointments available at participating voucher program clinic for previously registered colonies. Feral cats are trapped in humane live traps the night before, and cats that can be handled are also placed in traps prior to their appointment time. It's the safest way to transport the cats and to administer the necessary medications.
After surgery, the cats are taken to a recovery room where they stay until a veterinarian says it's safe for them to leave. The cats stay in the traps overnight and are released back into their previous surroundings the next day. The number of cats that can be spayed or neutered on one day varies by how many are scheduled and how many are able to be trapped. It can range from 20 to 100.
Feral Cat Colony Caretakers
If there are "unowned" cats in your neighborhood living strictly outdoors, we can help stop the population from increasing, reduce nuisance behavior, and help ensure their health and safety. We do this through our proven Trap-Neuter-Return program. Simply put, live-trapped cats are spayed or neutered, vaccinated for distemper and rabies by licensed veterinarians, and released back to their natural habitat.
Our volunteers can assist you with live trapping and/or loan traps with instructions to you.
Or, if you have been notified by Vicki that you have a scheduled spay/neuter appointment, we will loan you a trap. It's the safest way to transport the cats and to administer the necessary medications. A refundable deposit of $50 is required per trap. Your deposit (check) will not be cashed and will be returned when you return the trap. We will only cash your check if the traps are not brought back as promised.
Trapping should be planned around scheduled spay/neuter dates, at which time a licensed veterinarian will perform the surgery and vaccinate (distemper and rabies). Cats are returned to caretakers to return them to their previous surroundings, and we provide the Caretaker with information in caring for the cats, including advice on feeding, providing shelter for inclement weather and suggestions for making these cats good neighbors. Cats Anonymous does NOT perform spay/neuter for stray cats obtained by individuals for private adoption, gifts or to be kept as their pets.
Our mission is made possible through the generosity of people like you and members of our community. While there is no required fee for our services, donations are essential to continue helping feral cats.
Summary of Our Program
We loan live traps ($50 returnable deposit per trap required) and give instructions for use to anyone rescuing "unowned" cats living strictly outdoors in yards, alleys, business/school parking lots, etc., or "owned" cats living in barns/farms.
We will perform spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinate (distemper and rabies) and return the cats to you to release them back into their previous surroundings. We will also treat any minor health/injury issues.
We ear tip (removing top corner) the left ear of each cat for identification, so we know they have been spayed or neutered.
We will not participate in the following:
- We will not authorize the destruction of any cat unless, in the opinion of the veterinarian, he/she has an illness/injury that they are unlikely to recover from and would likely have a painful death.
- We will not perform spay/neuter surgeries for stray cats obtained by individuals for private adoption, gifts or to keep as their pets.