If you have unowned, stray, or feral cats on your property, this humane program is for you!
Research suggests that killing stray or feral cats is not an effective long-term solution to a population problem. Removing a feral cat from its territory creates a 'vacuum effect' that will allow even more cats to enter that territory.
Spaying and neutering also reduces nuisance behaviors like fighting, howling, and spraying. With Cache Valley's climate and agricultural landscape, we will always be home to feral cats. It's better for everyone if they are fixed and vaccinated!
Affordable Spay/Neuter Services for Free-Roaming Cats
Step 1) Apply for Community Cat Voucher from Best Friends Animal Society.
Spays/Neuters performed without the voucher will be charged our standard spay/neuter fees
Community Cat Vouchers are currently only available for Utah residents
Step 2) Call us at (435) 792-3920 to make an appointment. Please tell us whether you will be using a Community Cat Voucher or paying the standard fees.
Step 3) Stop by the shelter if you need to borrow traps. There is no charge, but we will ask for a credit card as a deposit. Community cats must be brought to their surgery appointment in a humane trap.
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 the evening before their scheduled surgery. Bring the cats plus the Community Cat Voucher or Full Payment on the morning of their surgery.
STEP 5) Release fixed cats where you trapped them and return the traps to CHS. Thank you for making a difference!
See Humane Trapping Instructions for Feral Cats for tips and tricks.
Pick up humane traps at our front desk. There is no fee, but we do require a $60 refundable deposit to assure the traps are returned. We are not able to accept feral cats for surgery unless they come in a humane trap.
Cats should not be trapped any longer than 24 hours prior to surgery.
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.
Remember, an ear tipped cat has already been fixed! If you trap one of these, release it again.
How much does it cost to have a feral cat fixed?
Community Cat Vouchers provided by Best Friends will cover most of the cost of the surgery and will provide a free 3-year rabies vaccine. Of course, any donation you wish to make is always appreciated so that we can continue this initiative into the future.
What is Ear-Tipping?
An ear-tip is a visual clue that a cat has been sterilized and vaccinated. All cats sterilized and vaccinated under our TNR program will be ear-tipped while under anesthesia.
I don't want the cats back on my property, what happens next?
We know that stray cats on your property can be frustrating. Remember though, cats are territorial and you may end up with even more feral cats if you continue to remove them.
Spaying and neutering reduces many of the nuisance behaviors -- like fighting, spraying, and howling -- associated with stray cats. By putting the fixed cats back where you found them, you will help reduce the number of unwanted cats in the future. You will save lives!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
What does TNR involve?
TNR is a no-kill initiative. You will catch the cat or cats in humane traps and 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.