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Trap – Neuter – Return of Community Cats

Whenever possible, I trap in the evening allowing me to ensure the cats are fasted prior to surgery the following morning.  While cats can be sterilized even if they have eaten, this provides extra measure of safety. Cats must be hungry in order to overcome their natural apprehension of entering the traps. Therefore, I request that food be withheld for 36 hours prior to my trapping, but that water remain out at all times.  Once trapped, I will ensure the cats are fed that night.

All cats will be spayed (females) or neutered (males), receive pain medication, a rabies vaccination and dewormer as well as have their left ear tipped to identify them as a sterilized animal.  Only 1 night recuperation is required for most cases.  Additional services may be available upon request.

My fees are based upon the time required to provide the service.  I charge $35/hour*.  There is a 2 hour minimum per trapping visit, plus time spent transporting to and from the veterinary clinic and returning to the original site. In addition, there is a per cat fee of $10*.  This makes trapping larger numbers of cats more economical, as well as provides an incentive for the caretakers to cooperate by withholding food to increase the likelihood of capturing the cats.

Example #1:  Trap 12 cats in one night/2 hours. Total time spent including trapping transporting and returning the cats was 4 hours.  Total fee: $260 (4 hours at $35 plus 12 cats at $10).

Example #2:  Trap 1 cat in one night/2hours.  Total time spent including trapping, transporting and returning the cat was 4 hours.  Total fee: $150 (4 hours at $35 plus 1 cat at $10).

Provide the following information, so we can appropriately plan each project:

1.   Are the cat on private or public property?

2.   Do you own the property or have permission to implement TNR?

3.   Do you feed the cats?

4.   If yes, what time(s) of day you feed?

5.   What type (dry and/or canned) of food you provide?

6.   Do you know if there are any other feeders?

7.   Is there any secure, covered place where traps may be set and left unattended (enclosed backyard, porch or other with covered overhang)

8.   Can I access the property after the initial visit without someone granting me entrance (this is helpful if the cats do not go into the trap when I set them and I need to go back at a later time to pick up the traps and any captured cats)


Why TNR (trap-neuter-return) instead of removal?

1.  Trap-Neuter-Return is the only humane method to control and reduce the population of community cats.  In addition, nuisance behaviors such as fighting, mating, yowling and urine spraying can be dramatically reduced by implementing TNR.

2.  In 2012 Miami Dade County Board of County Commissioners adopted a No Kill Resolution, committing to reducing and ultimately ending the euthanasia of healthy animals.  Later that year Miami Dade voters approved a straw ballot measure supporting increased funding for Animal Services to reduce the number of animals that are killed in our community.

3.  In order to achieve this objective, Miami Dade Animal Services will no longer impound these cats as the result would most likely be euthanasia.  Instead, they offer free sterilization for community cats at their shelter, through Humane Society of Greater Miami and the South Florida Veterinary Foundation.

4.  There are an estimated 400,000 community cats in Miami Dade County.  Anyone who has tried to find a home for a cat or kitten knows the supply far exceeds the demand.

5.  It is illegal and cruel to relocate cats without the receiving property owner’s permission and confining the cats at the new location for 2-4 weeks to acclimate them to their new environment.

6.  Shelters and rescue groups are over capacity; lifetime sanctuary costs are estimated at $3-5,000 per animal.

*Fees subject to change without notice.  However, once a trapping agreement is signed those rates will remain in effect for at least 60 days.