Community Cats and TNR

Our area has a cat overpopulation problem.

too many cats

We’ve been working hard on our Community Cat Program for more than two decades now and have substantially reduced the community cat population on the Peninsula. We need your help to keep cat populations in check; it doesn’t take long at all to undo all that hard work!

Community Cat Program

SPCHS endorses Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) as the only proven humane and effective method to manage community cats.

TNR is the method of humanely trapping feral cats, having them spayed or neutered and vaccinated against rabies, and then returning them to where they were trapped to live out their lives.

TNR also involves a caretaker who provides food and adequate shelter and monitors the cats’ health. TNR has been shown to be the least costly, as well as the most efficient and humane way of stabilizing community cat populations.

Through TNR, feral and other community cats can live out their lives without adding to the homeless cat population. Community cats are prolific reproducers. Kittens as young as nine weeks can be spayed/neutered.  Nursing females can be spayed when their kittens are eating solid food.  If a community/feral cat has a caretaker, he will live a longer life.

After being spayed or neutered, cats tend to gain weight and live healthier lives. Spayed cats are less likely to develop breast cancer and will not be at risk for ovarian or uterine cancer, while neutered males will not get testicular cancer. By neutering male cats, you also reduce the risk of injury and infection, since intact males have a natural instinct to fight with other cats. Spaying also means female cats do not go into heat. That means they attract fewer tom cats to the area, reducing fighting.

Cat traps are available at the SPCHS Shelter for a refundable deposit of $150. (credit card information or personal check).

Thanks to a grant from the Summerlee Foundation, all costs for spay/neuter and necessary vaccinations of feral cats are covered!

  1. Fill out the Rental Form:  docx   pdf
  2. Take the application to the shelter and obtain a voucher.
  3. Schedule the spay/neuter with Oceanside Animal Clinic: 360-642-2232.
  4. Take the voucher to the clinic with your pet for the appointment.

Contact our local Community Cat AdvocateKathy Condron, for advice.