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Tampa Cat Crusaders has partnered with the Tampa Humane Society to provide TNVR Services to the Tampa Metro Area.

Please click the button on the right. You will be taken to the TNVR Request form on the Tampa Humane Society website.

To learn more about TNVR and the benefits in Hillsborough County (Tampa Bay Area of Florida), view this In Support of TNVR video produced and narrated by Girl Scout Ambassador Bailey Allebach.
For more information about feral cats, visit Alley Cat Allies (www.alleycat.org), national feral cat experts.

Community cats also known as feral cats are born and raised in the wild, or have been abandoned or lost and reverted to wild ways in order to survive. Many times abandoned pets join these cats in our communities.

  • Feral cats have been living outdoors alongside humans for more than 10,000 years.
  • While some feral cats tolerate a bit of human contact, most are not socialized to people.
  • Feral cats typically live in groups called colonies and have strong social bonds with their colony members.
  • Feral cats make their home wherever they find shelter and a food source, usually near humans.
  • Feral cats are a domesticated species and, therefore, are protected under the state’s anti-cruelty laws.

For more information about feral cats, visit Alley Cat Allies (www.alleycat.org), national feral cat experts.

The best way we can help outside or community cats is getting them spayed and neutered so they stop reproducing and are current on shots.

Hillsborough County   

TNR 4Animal Coalition Tampa (ACT)   welcomes feral cats for spay and neuter Monday through Friday. Please call (Ph. 813-250-3900) to confirm space availability, patient drop off and pick up times as well as pre- and post-surgery animal care. Reservations are NOT required for feral cats Monday through Saturday, BUT if caretakers expect to trap four or more cats, reservations are highly encouraged and appreciated.

Regular rates are:

  • $40 for pet cats ($25 to $35 for feral cats depending availability of grants and special offers)
  • $10 for people that qualify for County Voucher, but must purchase County license yearly
  • $45 includes surgery, pain meds, rabies vaccination, ear tipping, etc.

For more information about ACT services, fees, special offers etc. please visit www.actampa.org.

ACT also holds a monthly spay & neuter event for feral cats called “Spay Day” the second Sunday of every month. This monthly event is managed and manned by a group of seasoned and experienced TNR volunteers, veterinarians and vet techs. Fees for spay and/or neuter during the monthly “Spay Day” is a $10 donation per cat(encouraged and appreciated), but spaces go fast so call well in advance to reserve your feral cat spaces. For more info on “Spay Day”,  please  visit http://www.spayday.actampa.org/.  Reservations for the Monthly Pay Day are required.

ACT’s Spay Day has a trap depot, or they can direct you to one close to you, where you can borrow humane cat traps for TNR purpose with a refundable deposit (refund is provided when traps are returned on the agreed date cleaned, sanitized and in good condition). To make a reservation for TNR traps call the clinic at 813-250-3900 or Spay Day Coordinator at 813-818-9381. Keep in mind that servicess available at the ACT Clinic and during the monthly Spay Day are NOT limited to County residents—all are welcomed—and are NOT income restricted.

Managing Cats in our Community
Community or feral cats live in groups called colonies and live near food sources. These colonies can be managed through a non-lethal method called Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), in which cats are humanely (and painlessly) trapped, spayed or neutered, and returned to their colony site where volunteer caretakers provide them with food, water and shelter for the duration of their lives. TNR is the only method that has been proven to effectively manage colonies of feral cats and reducing their population.

TNR is the only chance these cats have of living safe, healthy lives without reproducing. But, TNR is a hands-on project requiring commitment from one or more volunteer caretakers.

TNR helps the community by stabilizing the population of the feral colony and, over time, reducing it.

At the same time, nuisance behaviors such as spraying, loud noise and fighting are largely eliminated and no more kittens are born. Yet, the benefit of natural rodent control is continued.

TNR 5Humane Society of Tampa Bay (HSTB)  offers low cost spay and neuter services on “Feral Cat Monday” for only $15 (until further notice—information as of March, 2013). This fee includes surgery, rabies and distemper vaccines and an ear-tip (the universal sign that the cat has already been sterilized if trapped again). Weekly specials are also available as grant funds become available.  To learn about HSTB’s weekly specials, sign up for their Feral Fever Newsletter or visithttps://www.facebook.com/FeralFever($30 Free Roamer Regular Fees). All cats must arrive at HSTB be in a humane cat trap—one cat per trap. Rental of humane traps are available for a $65 refundable deposit.  For more info on the Feral Cat Program visit http://humanesocietytampa.org/feralcats/.  There are also 10 appointment slots available Tuesday through Friday. These are made available to people with conflicting schedules, pregnant cats and cats that are extremely difficult to trap.

If you’ve got a barn in need of organic pest control, HSTB has your cat! For information on their Barn Cat Program please visit http://humanesocietytampa.org/feralcats/156-2/

Early feline spay/neuter guidelines require kittens weigh a minimum of 2 lbs. to have surgery. Cats that weigh over 3 lbs. will also receive a rabies vaccine with supporting certificate as well as left ear tipped. For any cat over 3 lbs., ear tipping is mandatory.

Pasco County

TNR 6Pasco County is subsidizing TNR under the following conditions:

  • Feral, un-owned cats are spayed / neutered at participating veterinary hospitals by appointment.
  • The cost is $10 per cat and includes rabies vaccination and spay/neuter.
  •  This program is strictly for feral/unowned cats.
  • All cats will have their left ear “tipped” which is a universal sign for veterinarians and other cat caretakers that this animal has been altered.
  • Cats must arrive in humane traps, one to a trap, for the safety of the caretakers and veterinary office staff—cat carriers are not permitted.
  • Traps are available for loan at participating animal hospitals ($50 check deposit required). Checks will be held until traps are returned.

 Eligible cats are those that are:

  • unowned
  • to be returned to colony
  • free-roaming
  • allowed to be ear tipped
  • older than 3 months
  • allowed to be adopted
  • residing in Pasco County

 Please visit www.spaypasco.com, under programs, TNR for a complete list of participating vet hospitals.

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