Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is a humane and effective method to manage the number of free roaming/living community cats immediately and reduce their numbers naturally in the long term.
If you are feeding feral or free roaming community cats, S/Nipped offers a program called the feral cat package. The feral cat package is design for the free living community cat that is not living as part of your human family. For more information on services and fees included, please contact us at 541-808-2377 and ask about the feral cat package.
S/Nipped offers trap rental.
Always make sure you have an appointment before trapping. NEVER SET A TRAP WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT!
We highly encourage you to get the cat(s) used to a feeding schedule if possible. A meal at the same time in the evening or late afternoon every day-before 9pm- is best so the cat is used to a schedule and dependent on that meal. This will set you up for success when it is time to trap them.
Trap Training: If you have a safe area to keep a trap set up all the time this would be an ideal space to establish as your feeding site. You are training the cat to get used to being around the trap. Do not actually set the trap until you are ready to capture the cat. Keep the door tied open. You do not want to trap the cat by accident and have to release it. It can be incredibly difficult to trap them again if this happens.
Place a thin layer newspaper on the bottom of the trap.
Slowly move the food dish toward the trap and then eventually in it. Get them used to eating in the trap by slowly moving the food further into the trap. Try doing this a week or more prior to trapping.
A day or two prior to the appointment reduce the amount of food you are providing. You want to leave out just enough that they eat it all immediately and there is nothing leftover they can freely snack on. Do not keep food anywhere else during this time and save your high value canned cat food for trap night. The goal is to get them to show up where you need them to when you need them to.
The afternoon/night before surgery, keep everything routine. Place a small amount-about 2 Tbsp. or so- of cat food in the back of the trap and set the trap. Now would be a good time to use canned cat food.
Once the cat has been trapped, cover the trap with a breathable blanket or sheet and move the trap into a safe covered area away from other animals and kids to keep them overnight until their appointment. Please keep the trap covered at all times to help ease the cats' stress. Please make sure the trap is working properly beforehand so there is no chance of the cat escaping or the trap malfunctioning. Set the trap and poke the pressure plate through the side bars using a stick. The trapdoor should snap closed quickly. Gently tug on the door to make sure it cannot be pushed open by the cat trying to escape once caught.
S/Nipped's has been instrumental in bringing together concerned local animal welfare organizations, activists and colony care takers to form a coalition of supporters dedicated to reducing the counties free roaming cat population through the use of the method known as "Trap-Neuter-Return."
"TNR," as it is commonly known, involves trapping street cats, getting them neutered/spayed and vaccinated including rabies, then returning them to their outdoor homes where caretakers provide regular food and shelter. Management of the colony includes watching for disease and for any newcomers. Kittens, noise and odor are dramatically reduced and over time, the number of cats declines.
S/Nipped's Trap Neuter and Return Project continues to form public and private partnerships with Oregon Communities. Our goal is to develop sustainable long-term solutions to effectively manage feral and stray cat populations. Not only is TNR and manage humane, it is the only method proven to permanently reduce the number of cats. It is the only solution that actually works.
WE HAVE FUNDS SPONSORED BY FOCCAS AVAILABLE TO HELP COVER THE COST OF THE FERAL CAT PACKAGE- GIVE US A CALL TO FIND OUT WHAT IT TAKES TO QUALIFY FOR THE PACKAGE AND WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE