TNR (Trap Neuter Return) Program

C.A.R.E. offers free spay/neuter surgeries for feral and community cats of Garfield County. 

How it works:

Surgery days for spay/neuter occur on Tuesdays at the shelter.  Call prior to trapping to schedule a Tuesday appointment. 

The cats will also be dewormed, vaccinated, micro-chipped and ear-tipped. 

C.A.R.E. can accept feral cats in traps (*with previously scheduled appointments) on Saturdays and Sundays.  Please do not attempt to trap a feral cat outside of those days, as the shelter is unable to safely and humanely house feral cats for longer periods of time. 

Traps can be rented at the shelter with a $75 deposit (cash or credit card).  

The cat will be ready for pick up the day after surgery.  C.A.R.E. will provide a cat carrier for transport that can be returned at your convenience.  The trap rental fee will be refunded or returned at the time of pick up.  

C.A.R.E. does not recommend, or assist with, feral cat relocation.  

What you can do: 

Keep feral or community cats in place.  Cats are extremely attached to their colony members and the environment they live in, thus will be unlikely to thrive elsewhere, and likely to attempt return.

Providing food, water and shelter to the feral colony is recommended.  If you have not previously provided food to the colony, it is likely they are surviving on an existing local food source.  Please consider supplementing the colony regularly with food and water, or at a minimum provide food to cats post-surgery during recovery.  

If a source of shelter does not exist, consider adding heated cat houses, dogloos with straw, or provide access to an existing structure (shed or barn).   

Keep on top of getting any new cats on the property spayed/neutered and vaccinated to prevent new litters and over-population, and to support a healthy population. 

 

Thank you for being a community cat supporter! 

 

Resources:

https://www.alleycat.org/resources/why-trap-neuter-return-feral-cats-the-case-for-tnr/

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