Rules for Trap/Neuter/Return
A community or feral cat is a cat that has been born in the wild or has reverted to the wild, and is not tame or socialized to people. These include semi-feral cats—cats that can be handled by you but not strangers.
Stay cats were once pets and are socialized to people. A friendly stray that can be handled by you and strangers should have an appointment and be brought in a carrier, not a trap, so they get an exam.
Please follow each of these rules, as they enable us to best care for cats and keep our staff safe.
- Feral and semi-feral cats MUST be brought in a steel or metal Havahart or humane trap. We DO NOT accept feral cats in carriers, cages, boxes, etc. for the safety of our staff.
- Feral cats are accepted between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays (not on Thursdays and Fridays). Due to a busy daily surgery schedule, there will be NO exceptions. Please bring a trapped cat in as early as possible within that time frame to allow us to efficiently work it onto our surgery schedule. If too many feral cats are brought in on any day, we may need to hold the cat(s) over until the next day for surgery.
- Only one cat per trap. If you accidentally catch 2 cats in one trap, you will be asked to rent another trap at the time of check-in and, in a secure location (off of our property for liability purposes), move one of the cats to that trap. It is not safe for two cats to be sedated or to recover from surgery in a trap together.
- Our trap rental fee is $50 cash (no credit cards or checks) and is refunded to you when the trap is returned in good working order. If you have a financial hardship and cannot afford the trap rental fee, please let us know and we will help.
- Kittens must be 8 weeks old and weigh at least 2 pounds.
- Only two feral cats per person per day unless you call first and get approval for more.
- All feral cats will be ear-tipped—no exceptions.
- All feral cats of an appropriate age will be given a rabies vaccination and a dose of flea prevention.
- At no additional charge, feral cats may receive a Penicillin injection, subcutaneous fluids, tapeworm treatment, or other care recommended by our veterinarian at the time of surgery to help in their recovery and keep them healthy.
- We recommend providing cat shelters for outdoor cats when it is cold outside. While we shave as little as possible to still maintain a sterile surgical area, the cat will still have a shaved area and needs a warm place to recover.
- Pick-up time is 7:30 a.m. the morning following surgery unless you are bringing in more feral cats that day. If so, pick-up is at 9:00 a.m. the morning following surgery.
If you choose to have your feral cat tested for Felv/FIV and it tests positive, we will still perform spay or neuter surgery. There is no option to not have the surgery performed. We will not euthanize a cat solely because of a positive test result.
If you have any questions regarding these regulations, please call before bringing in a cat.
PLEASE do not leave traps unattended or out overnight. People may hurt the cats, steal the traps or the cats could overheat in the hot weather or freeze in the cold weather. To learn more about feral cats and proper trap-neuter-return procedures, visit the Alley Cat Allies website at alleycat.org
UCAN reserves the right to refuse to perform surgery on any cat that is determined by our veterinarians to be unfit for surgery or any cat brought in without compliance with these rules.