As you may or may not be aware, free-roaming cats (both feral and stray) are the most significant source of cat overpopulation. They produce approximately 80% of the kittens born each year. Reducing the number of feral cats and managing their care is the goal of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). TNR improves the quality of life for existing colonies, prevents the birth of more cats, reduces the number of cats over time, and reduces or eliminates nuisance behaviors associated with cats that aren’t sterilized. Thank you for taking the appropriate steps and actions in bettering our outdoor cat communities!
We have Cat Traps that can be lent to TNR members for this purpose. You must put down a $50 deposit which will only be cashed if the trap is damaged, lost, or not returned by the agreed upon date.
Kittens—As kittens get older, you will begin seeing them come out to eat the food that you set out for them. This means that have begun to stop, or have already stopped, nursing. Kittens are not eligible to be fixed until they are 2 pounds or more. If you catch the kittens sooner than 2 pounds and they are not nursing, it is possible to “tame” them. You may opt to bring them inside to “tame” them yourself or call the shelter to see about turning them in to us (509)332.3422.
***It is important to call the vet clinic the day before, or day of, setting the live cat traps. This will ensure they will be prepared to have more surgeries than normal the next day. If you trap the cat(s) before the vet clinic is open or ready for you, it is acceptable for the cats to “live” in the trap for up to 3 days. If the cat is to “live” in the trap, be sure they are being fed ample food and water.
Affordable Vet Care/Spay and Neuter Clinic: (208)882.6288 –Moscow, ID
TLC Animal Care: (509)592.8073 –Palouse, WA
Cats who are neutered and spayed through this program will be ear-tipped so that they do not undergo another unnecessary surgery later if trapped again by yourself or another community member.
To sign up for this program, please visit the shelter! We will give you an informational letter and have you sign a waiver to take advantage of this offer.