Feral Cat Spaying/Neutering
TNR How To Series
Operation Community Cats (occidaho.org) -Boise
OCC’s mission is to spay/neuter free-roaming cats in the community. They operate through local veterinarians using donations to help reduce the population of unowned feral cats. OCC does not have a shelter, so they are not able to accept cats. Please contact idahohumanesociety.org (Ada Co only) or westvalleyhumanesociety.org (Canyon Co only). OCC also provides food for the cats and education for feral cat caregivers. Contact OCC for more information or assistance with feral cats. Traps available with appointments; however, they do not trap for you. The process is easy, however, and instructions are provided below. Meridian traps (2088914008). Nampa traps (2088801499). To make an appointment, contact 2088914008 or go online: .
SNIP Spay Neuter Idaho Pets (snipidaho.org) – Meridian
1785 W. Cherry Lane
Meridian ID 83642
SNIP has a program to fix feral cats as grant money becomes available March through October.
Feral cats must arrive in humane traps by appointment. Refer to trapping instructions at bottom of page.
Cost may vary starting at $5. Minimum weight 2 lbs. Donations are greatly appreciated.
West Valley Humane Society (http://www.westvalleyhumanesociety.org) – Caldwell
Ask about their free spay mama program and the four free spay/neuters for Canyon Co. resident cats.
Pet Adoption League of Gem County – Emmett
1526 North Washington Avenue
Emmett, Idaho 83617
$20 vouchers for feral cats only
Idaho Humane Society SPOT Program and Return to Field program (idahohumanesociety.org) – Boise
For Ada County residents only
Thank you for helping to reduce the cat overpopulation. We hope you’ll continue to educate others. To schedule feral cats, contact the Idaho Humane Society SPOT Coordinator, Lizzy West at 208-331-3985 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
4775 Dorman St., Boise, ID 83705
Cost is $20 per cat. Minimum weight: 2 lbs.
Traps available for loan
Garden City Community Cats Project – Garden City – (www.gcccp.org) – Garden City
GCCCP helps control the feral/stray cat population in Garden City, who doesn’t have an animal control contract with the Idaho Humane Society. Low cost spays/neuters and feral cat trapping are available.
Eagle Community Cats – (https://eaglecommunitycats.org) – Eagle
Actively working to eliminate the stray/feral cats population in the Eagle area by trap-neuter-return efforts. Need help or want to get involved in saving lives? (208) 412-7093
General Information Regarding Feral Cats
Feral cats must arrive in TRAPS; no exceptions. Feral cats will get an ear tip. A feral cat is one that will scratch or bite another person.
TNR Process Steps
1. Assess the situation. How many cats are there? Are there nursing kittens? Is there a feeder/caregiver? Are any of the cats tame? Are they in a safe location? Are any sick or injured? Find out as much as you can about the cat as that will determine your plan of action. There are resources for helping both tame and feral cats, so you may need to involve both to get the job done.
2. Make appointments to spay/neuter before you do any trapping at all. Never trap without a plan! Establish a feeding schedule.
3. Check out traps a week prior to your first spay/neuter appointment. As soon as you get your traps, tie the flap open so it doesn’t trip and feed the cats ONLY in the trap to get them trained to go in and out. Cover the inside bottom and outside top of the trap with an old towel so the cat will be comfy and feel secure (prevents thrashing). You can start with the food just outside the trap entrance and move it back each day. Add canned food as enticement. Put enough food so that all cats get a chance to eat inside the trap/s.
4. The night before your appointment, set the traps with everything else remaining the same. Make sure the cat has food (until midnight the night before) and water. Kittens 2-3 lbs need food until 3-4 am. Don’t leave a cat in the trap longer than 48 hours total. Use a wire kennel with a litter box if you need to contain the cat longer. Please read Trapping Instructions prior to trapping. Do NOT leave cats in the cold or heat. They will die if they can’t protect themselves from the elements.
5. Take your trapped cats to their appointments on time (and pick them up on time). The clinic has reserved a slot specifically for your cat and they are running a business. If you are unsuccessful trapping, call as soon as they open to let them know to remove you from the schedule.
6. After surgery, keep the cat in the trap for recovery from 12-24 hours, but no longer. If a longer recovery period is needed, use a large kennel with litter box. A warm place is essential as animals aren’t able to regulate their body temperature after anesthesia. Your cat can have water and food after s/he is fully awake.
7. Release the feral cat in the same location as where you trapped. Cats do not relocate well, so the best place for them is usually where they were found. If you must rehome a cat, you will need to follow an acclimation protocol for the safety of the cat.
8. Rehoming a feral cat takes dedication. The new owner must agree to keep the cat/s confined to an enclosed tack room, shop, garage, etc. for at least one month with food, water, litter, and preferably a window for light. It’s best to rehome with a buddy. Always do a home visit and transport the cats yourself. Never rehome a cat into worse conditions or with an owner who is not dedicated to making the transition successful. If a cat runs away, it can be hit by a car, eaten by a predator, or starve trying to return to its previous home. Euthanasia might be the kinder choice. Be patient, as the right home usually does come along. Ask people you know, post in farm and horse Facebook groups, advertise, etc.
9. Educate, educate, educate. Teach others about the importance of spaying and neutering pets and feral cats. When they become a nuisance to others, the outcome is never good for the cats. Shelters are inundated with cats, both tame and feral. Help stop the breeding by doing your part and helping others to do the same.
Refer to the additional information:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h59lYVCsig (How to set a TruCatch trap)
https://www.boiseid.net/PostsurgeryInstructions.pdf (Limit time in the trap)
https://www.boiseid.net/TrappingInstructions.pdf (Don’t miss these great tips!)