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If you’re new to colony care and trapping, Stray Cat Alliance can help. Please contact us. We provide humane traps and training on all aspects of trapping for the purposes of TNR for people in southern California. We will help anyone anywhere with advice, however. We don’t lend traps unless you are going to do the right thing and that never includes the pound. Traps are expensive, so we ask for a refundable security deposit if you’ll help with this all-important, ongoing project we call TNR.

TNR - How to do Trap, Neuter and Return
Missy Woodward interviews Elaina Martinez of SCA about how to do TNR - trap, neuter return

The above video shows a demonstration of setting a trap. Also visit and read the links at the bottom of this page.

Trapping with an experienced trapper is always best until you learn the ropes.

Figure on one trap per cat and a few extras…just in case. Do not plan to utilize tranquilizing medications, either oral or in dart or injection form, to speed this process along. It’s too risky and unnecessary.

In the meantime, before you trap, ensure that the cats are fed and given clean water regularly. Establish a routine. When caring for a community cat colony, try to feed the cats at the same time every day. You’ll notice how the cats associate you and your car and soon, they’ll begin showing up. You can also encourage them by using a distinctive whistle or a dog training clicker at each feeding. Cats with an ear tip clipped are already altered.

Important: If at all possible, cats shouldn’t eat for 12 hours before surgery, so discuss this with your veterinarian. Cats will be hungry and more willing to go into the traps for food. Plan trapping so the cats only stay in the traps overnight before surgery. It will be stressful for them—and for you because you care about them—but remember you’re providing an invaluable service.

Man with Trapped Cat


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"T" is for TRAP
So you’ve assumed responsibility for a community cat colony. You want to get the cats vaccinated and fixed. Great! You’ll need these supplies first...

“N” is for NEUTER, “R” for RETURN
Be sure you’ve made appointments with clinics or veterinarians for cat surgeries before you trap. Before taking the cat to the vet—ideally the next morning—keep it in that quiet holding area...

Surgery Prep
Before you embark on your trapping expedition, think about protection—the “what ifs” that could occur. Prepare the holding area in your home for pre- and post-surgery...

At the Site
Consider spraying the trapping area with a cat-safe insect spray to discourage ants. Please ask your veterinarian what he or she recommends and do this a couple of hours before you trap. Then, place a large spoonful of appetizing food bait...