THE TRAP/NEUTER/RETURN PROGRAM

FOR NON-OWNED FREE ROAMING CATS.

 

Do you have stray cats in your area which you would like to get fixed? Please follow these steps, in this order:

STEP 1) Apply for a voucher from Best Friends Animal Society if you need one. (Scroll down to find out how)

Note: We will not accept any cats on surgery day without full payment or a voucher.

STEP 2)  Make a surgery appointment for the cats, limited to the number of vouchers you receive, or the cats you are able to fully pay the fix fee for.

STEP 3) Come to the shelter to rent the traps. Take enough traps for each cat you have an appointment for. (and  can make full payment for or have a voucher for) 

Note: Every cat must arrive on surgery day in their own individual trap. We cannot accept multiple cats in one trap. 

STEP 4) Trap the cats not longer than the evening before their scheduled surgery. Bring the cats PLUS VOUCHER or FULL PAYMENT on the morning of your surgery appointment.

STEP 5) Release fixed cats where you trapped them and return the traps to CHS. Thank you. 

 

SCROLL DOWN FOR MORE INFORMATION ON OUR TNR PROGRAM

 

Cache Humane Society is part of the NKUT Coalition, aiming to make Utah a no kill state by 2019. Cache Valley, as a largely rural area has a huge feral and community cat problem. Each day, Animal Control officers and the public bring many cats to us, which are un-owned and unwanted.

To make positive steps towards a No Kill Utah,  using our active spay and neuter clinic,  we are working hard to minimise the stray and feral cat population and to save more cats lives.

 

Cache Humane Society proudly launched our Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) Program in 2014.

TNR is available for people with  non-owned free roaming cats in Cache Valley and northern Utah. If you have a problem with cats on your property, which you know to be un-owned, stray or feral. This humane program is for you.

Research suggest that killing stray or feral cats is not an effective long-term method to solve the problem. This is because, killing creates a vacuum effect, and more cats will come in, to fill the gap. With TNR programs, fixing the cats, will, over time, effectively reduce the population. 

What does TNR involve?

TNR is a no-kill initiative. You will catch the cat or cats in humane traps, then bring them to Cache Humane Society on our clinic days. We sterilize, vaccinate and ear tip the cats. You will then collect the cats and  release the cat back to where you found it.

It is best if the cat is released back in the area where it was trapped. If you do not, it creates a gap in the colony which will just be filled by another stray, possible unfixed cat. 

How do I catch the cat(s)?

The Cache Humane Society has a number of humane cat traps that can be used for the purpose of catching non-owned cats and bringing them in for sterilization, vaccination and release. We are not able to accept feral cats for surgery, unless they come in a humane trap.

Look at our Clinic Schedule to find out when our next clinic day is, and plan your trapping accordingly. Cats should not be trapped any longer than 24 hours prior to surgery. Once trapped, the cats will have no access to food or water. In hot weather, we ask that cats are only trapped on the evening before surgery so that they do not risk heat exhaustion or dehydration.

Please call us on 435 792 3920, to make a clinic appointment and to request the number of traps you think you will need. We understand this may have to be a guess. We only have a limited number of traps available to rent, so please return any which you do not use.  We can accomodate you, if you catch more than one cat in a trap, or more cats overall than you have booked appointments for. The more cats we fix and release, the more lives we save!

Remember an ear tipped cat, has already been fixed! If you trap one of these, release it again, unless you require it to be revaccinated. 

There is no fee for using the traps, but we do require a $60 refundable deposit to assure that the traps are returned in good condition and clean. Prior to trapping cats, it is very important that you read our "Humane Trapping Instructions for Feral Cats." This is detailed information and tips on catching the cats. It will keep you and the cats, happier and safer!

 

How much does it cost to have a feral cat fixed?

Through a grant from Best Friends Animal Society - Utah, and if you qualify, there may be no charge for the sterilization and ear-tipping of feral cats. Of course, any donation you wish to gift, is always appreciated so that we can continue this initiative into the future.

HOW TO APPLY FOR A VOUCHER

If you would like to seek financial help to get feral/community cats fixed,  please complete a  Community Cat Voucher Application HERE (This link will redirect you to Best Friends Animal Society website) . Only make an  clinic appointment  for your feral cats once you have recieved this voucher from Best Friends. Unfortunately we are not able to complete free surgeries unless you bring it with you, when you bring in the cats for clinic day. Without this voucher we will have to ask you to pay for the spay/neuter for the feral cat or will reserve the right to refuse to fix the cats you may bring. 

 

Fee for Vaccinations

We require a $5 fee per cat for the two vaccinations they receive. This is just to cover our costs. It is important to give these cats vacccinations, so that the un-owned cat colony remains healthly and infection free. This reduces risk to owned cats in your area. 

 

What is Ear-Tipping?

Ear-tipping is a procedure in which the tip of one ear of the cat has a small notch cut out of it. This procedure is done while the cat is under anesthesia. This gives a visual clue that the cat has been sterilized and vaccinated, so that if it gets in a trap again, it can be immediately released. All cats sterilized and vaccinated under this program, are required to have a ear-tipped.

 

I don't want the cats back on my property, what happens next?

We know that cats which are not your own, can be a burden for some people, and are here to help. 

Remember though, if you do not want to put the cats back on your property,  you may risk having more feral or unwanted cats,  coming to that same area, you have just removed cats from. This is how feral or colony cats operate. But if you follow through with the release part of the the program, by putting the fixed cats back where you found them, you will find a positive impact, and will  reduce the number of unwanted cats in the future. You will save lives! 

What is the Barn Cat Program?

We do understand that feral cats show up, and can be in an unsafe or unsuitable place for your family or business. We are establishing a Barn Cat Program to have safe areas for cats that can not be returned to the place they were trapped. If you cannot take the cats back to the location that they were trapped, we ask for a donation of $10 per cat to help cover the costs to relocate the cats. 

I do not live in Cache County, can I still get involved?

Anyone residing in Utah is eligible to participate in this initiative. Since the initiative is being funded by Best Friends Animal Society - Utah, we are not allowed to use this initiative for cats outside of Utah. In order to participate you must have a physical property address in Utah.

I have a feral/community cat problem, want to get involved, but am unwilling or unable to trap them myself. 

In some circumstances, our staff and/or volunteers are able to help you trap cats on your property, and return them after surgery as part of our TNR Program, please call us or contact cats@cachehumane.org for more information.