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Do you have feral cats in your neighborhood that you’d like to get fixed? Have you noticed litters of kittens springing up left and right?

MSRPAC Spay/Neuter Clinic can help!  In celebration of National Feral Cat Day, we’ve teamed up with Actors and Others and Sierra Pacific Fur Babies to provide free spay/neuter services for homeless stray and feral cats on October 13-14, 2016.  

Services Received

  • Anesthesia
  • Alteration Surgery
  • 24 hour Pain injection
  • Ear Tip
  • Rabies Vaccine

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the process of humanely (non-lethally) trapping feral cats to have them spayed or neutered, vaccinated, ear-tipped* and returned to where they were trapped.

Cats must arrive at the clinic in a humane trap (preferably covered).  A small inventory of humane traps are available to rent for a deposit of $50, which is fully refunded upon return of the traps within 5 days. Please do not schedule your pet cat or an owned cat during these program days.

Program Hours: October 13-14, 2016, (but you must have an appointment in order to participate), drop off no later than 11am at the clinic. Please call our clinic at 951-977-8634 to schedule.  Cats brought in without an appointment may not be admitted.  Three (3) cats per trapper, please.   

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What is a Feral Cat?

A feral cat is an outdoor cat that has not been socialized by people and requires "trapping" to bring it to a veterinary facility. Feral cats live outdoors in groups known as colonies. These colonies can survive on their own but their lives can be improved immensely by a regular "caretaker."**

Feral or Stray?

Feral cats will not allow you to approach or handle them; they need to be humanely trapped in order to bring them to our clinic. A stray cat will likely approach you and is likely to be vocal. A stray cat that has only been coming around for a few days should be given the opportunity to find its way back to his owner, and so it is best not to feed or trap it during this time.

Can’t we just trap and remove all the cats?

Simply removing cats from an area opens up an ecological void (also called the "vacuum effect") which more cats will likely fill and a new cycle of reproduction will begin. If the colony is sterilized and monitored by a "caretaker" the cat population should stabilize and gradually decline over time.

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Additional Educational Resources•  

*Ear-tipping: All feral cats brought to our clinic are "ear-tipped" while under anesthesia and it is done for the health and safety of feral cats as it prevents needless trapping and surgery. The veterinarian makes a straight cut across the ear with a scalpel or laser, and there is little or no bleeding.

**"Caretakers": Individuals who accept responsibility for caring for the colony – not just leaving out food, but ensuring every colony member is sterilized, vaccinated and monitoring the colony for newcomers, injuries and illness.

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