Community Cat Service
Pasadena Humane offers a limited amount of Trap-Neuter Return-Monitor (TNRM) appointments for free-roaming community cats each month. The appointment includes the spay/neuter surgery, ear tip, vaccines (FVRCP and rabies) and topical flea preventative. The cat’s caretaker is responsible for trapping and returning the cat back to its outdoor home.
The cost is $50 per cat. In order to create a sustainable program, we appreciate those who can pay for this service to do so. We understand that some community members cannot afford the $50 fee, but still want to help community cats. Thanks to the generous support of an anonymous donor, we are currently able to offer free TNRM (by appointment only) for those community members who need it.
Request a TNRM appointment by completing this form. We offer a limited amount of TNRM appointments each month. We only operate in compliance with all public health guidelines regarding COVID. For this reason, appointment availability is limited.
All cats must arrive for their appointment in a humane trap.
Once your appointment is confirmed, you will receive pre and post-op instructions and information via email.
Based on the cat’s physical exam, our veterinarians reserve the right to refuse any and all services.
Community cats are not accustomed to human contact or handling and are free-roaming (they primarily live outdoors). For these reasons, they will be stressed by the clinic environment and must come to the TNRM appointment in a humane trap. This is for the safety of both the cat and our staff.
Humane traps can be purchased online from retailers like Tomahawk, Havahart, Tru Catch and Amazon. We have a small inventory of humane traps available to borrow with a signed agreement. Please note, we loan our traps out exclusively for TNRM appointments made only at our clinic.
Traps are picked up and returned at the Shelter Shop Monday through Saturday 10am-5:30pm and Sunday 11am-5:30pm. No appointment is necessary. Please complete our TNRM appointment request form to get started.
Prior to returning the traps you must remove any food, newspaper, debris and feces, and clean it with soap and water. The deposit will be fully refunded when the trap is returned cleaned and in the same condition it was given to you.
Sick & Injured Cats
Healthy cats generally have a clean, well-groomed appearance, clear eyes and are a normal weight. By contrast, injured or ill cats may have discharge from the eyes or nose, be actively bleeding, have infected wounds, or be severely underweight or emaciated.
If you find a community cat that is sick or injured cat, they need your help now. If the cat is located in one of our 11 animal control service areas, please contact us for assistance at 626.792.7151 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a first-time cat trapper, we have found this resource from Alley Cat Allies helpful:
We recommend this lecture by Dr. Kate Hurley:
You may also consider reaching out to your neighbors via Nextdoor – you will likely find someone is already doing TNRM and you can join forces with them.
Why TNRM is Good for Our Community
- Pesticide-free solution to rodent control
- Ends the breeding cycle and stabilizes populations of community cats
- Monitored colony populations gradually decline over time – even if a new cat arrives.
- Eliminates or minimizes nuisance behaviors such as roaming, spraying/marking by males, fighting and yowling
- Neutered male cats no longer produce testosterone so their urine is no longer pungent.
- TNRM means fewer cats, which means fewer threats to birds. In fact, other factors pose more serious threats to bird populations.
- Controls the spread of rabies. Cats are given a 3-year rabies vaccine at the time of spay/neuter surgery.
Why TNRM is Good for Our Cats
- Neutered community cats roam much less, become less visible and therefore are less prone to injury from cars.
- Spay/neutered cats are less stressed, healthier, and coexist more peacefully with humans and each other.
- Free-roaming cats can live long, healthy lives. Most community cats are already in good health.
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