Trap – Neuter – Return Assistance
As a small rescue, regrettably, we are unable to personally trap cats for TNR or Kitten intake due to limited resources and volunteer-based operations. We genuinely wish we could offer this service, but our constraints in time and volunteers prevent us from conducting trapping
on your behalf. Nevertheless, we are more than willing to provide you with the necessary equipment and support. Please be mindful that our equipment loans are on a two-week basis, considering the demand from others who also require the use of these traps.
Preparing for Trapping:
Before attempting to trap, please confirm that the cat/s are indeed stray or wild and do not belong to anyone. Utilise methods such as posting on social media, attaching a ‘found cat’ collar (if possible), asking neighbours, distributing mailbox flyers, and contacting the SPCA and local vet clinics.
Plan to set the trap/s on the day of or the night before the clinic appointment. Avoid setting traps or practising trapping days beforehand. We have various traps and methods based on the kittens/cats at the property, so please follow our recommendations to prevent ‘trap-shy cats.’
Before trapping, place enticing, aromatic food (such as tuna or sardines) at the far end of the trap.
Releasing Cats After Desexing:
For females, we prefer a recovery period of 2-3 nights in a large secure dog crate before release. However, this may not always be possible. Cats will need to spend the night in the traps as they may still be groggy from the anesthesia and need to be released the next day in the same area where they were trapped. Gently turn the latched door away from you, unclip & remove it, and let the cat run out.
Timing for Trapping:
We recommend trapping early in the morning before a vet appointment or the evening before when the cat/s are more likely to be active. Establish a routine by feeding the cat/s at the same place and time before trapping.
If you are trapping through our service, effective communication is crucial. Keep us updated on preparations and inform us when you intend to set the trap so we can ensure available vet care space. Prepare an area, like a garage, laundry, or bathroom, for holding the cats before and after the vet. Lay down plastic sheeting or a tarp covered with newspapers for easy cleanup. Ensure your vehicle is similarly prepared.
Special Circumstances and Injuries:
If your cat is injured or requires additional recovery beyond desexing, our volunteers can assist. However, we are limited in recovery crates, and this service is not available for spay/neuter procedures. We appreciate your understanding as we work together to ensure the well-being of these cats.