Community Cat Program TNR

How to Conduct Trap-Neuter-Return
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 Feral Community Cat Surgeries

ACT CLINIC 1719 W Lemon ST. Tampa, FL 33606 

Animal Coalition of Tampa - Monday through Saturday with drop off before 9am and no appointment necessary for feral cats. Please specify the cat is to be TNR'd. They request that each cat be in a trap but if tame will take them in a carrier. The cost is $35

Humane Society of Tampa Bay 3607 N Armenia Ave, Tampa, FL 33607 

HSTB - Mondays ONLY between 6:30am - 9am and no appointment necessary for feral cats. Only feral cats in TRAPS will be accepted (no crates, carriers, boxes, etc. TRAPS ONLY).


*  Never use darts or tranquilizers to attempt to catch a cat. These methods are dangerous and stressful to the cats. Nets are also not recommended for the same reasons.


*  NEVER attempt to pick up a feral cat, particularly to put her in a carrier or trap. No matter how sweet she seems, handling a cat who has never —or not recently—been touched will frighten and stress her. She may struggle to get away and harm you in the process. With no vaccination records, she is bound to be killed or put into quarantine. Use the correct trapping practices outlined below and ensure the safety of both you and the cat.


* Keep in mind that your trapping will be most effective if you employ targeted trapping.



Before You Trap

1.       Find and coordinate with the other caregivers who are feeding about your plans to trap

2.       Feed on a schedule

3.       Ensure that the feeding station is appropriately placed

4.       Assess the cats

5.       Determine the location where you will be holding the trapped cats

6.       Practice setting traps ahead of time and label your traps

7.       Pay attention to the weather and withhold food  before you trap



1.       Line the bottom of the trap and tag the trap. Place newspaper, folded lengthwise, inside the bottom of the trap to protect the cats’ paws. If it is windy, secure the newspaper to the trap with tape - this is done so the wind will not move the newspaper and frighten the cats.

2.       Bait the traps with canned food

3.       Set the traps. Place a trap on the ground and make certain it is stable and will not rock or tip. Do not place the trap on a hillside or incline. Set the traps within your eye line so you can keep track of them without having to enter the area every time you want to check it. If you are using multiple traps, stagger them and have those facing different directions. Try to place the traps where they will attract a cat and be camouflaged, for example, near a bush. Move quietly and slowly so your movements will not frighten cats away. Set the traps and leave the area quietly. The cats are unlikely to enter the traps if you are standing nearby. You should not go back and check on the traps until about 30 minutes has passed from when you set them.

4.       Keep track of the traps at all times. Traps should never be left unattended. Check the traps frequently from a distance. Choose a location to park your car and wait where you are far enough away to give the cats a sense of safety, but close enough so that you can see them.  Leaving a cat uncovered in a trap for too long will increase the cat’s stress and could lead to injury since they thrash against the cage.

5.       After the cat has been trapped, cover the entire trap with a large towel or sheet before moving it. Covering the traps will help to keep the cats calm. Move trapped cats away to a quiet, safe area to avoid scaring any remaining, not yet trapped cats.

6.       You may be faced with particularly hard-to-trap cats. Cats can become trap-shy—frightened to go near or enter a trap, or trap-savvy—mastered the art of removing food without triggering the trap. Don’t be discouraged. There are several unique but straightforward techniques to humanely trap hard-to-trap-cats.

7.       Take the cats to a veterinarian or a spay/neuter clinic.



1.       After surgery, allow the cat to recover overnight in the same covered trap.

Keep the cats indoors in their covered traps and make sure they are dry, in a temperature-controlled environment, and away from loud noises or dangers such as toxic fumes, other animals, or people. When the cats are recovering from anesthesia they are unable to regulate their body temperature. It is important that the recovery location is temperature-controlled to keep the cats from getting too hot or too cold. A bathroom will usually do the trick usually for 24 hours after surgery.

2.       Put your safety first. Keep the traps covered to reduce the cats' stress. Never open the trap doors or allow the cats out of the trap. Do not stick your fingers through the bars or attempt to handle the cats.

3.       Feed and provide the cats with water after they regain consciousness. When feeding the cats, lift the back door of the trap very slowly and allow only a small gap – one-half to one inch at most - to open. Slide a plastic lid with a little bit of food on it through the gap without putting your hand inside the trap.

4.    Return the cats. Release the cat in the same place you trapped him or her.

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