Cat overpopulation is a serious concern, approximately 2 percent of the 30-40 million community (feral and stray) cats have been spayed or neutered. These cats produce around 80 percent of the kittens born in the U.S. each year. If you are caring for a free roaming cat, please make sure he/she is neutered. Below are two helpful resources to find low cost surgeries. A male cat can be neutered in under 2 minutes, and a female cat is usually a 15-20 minute procedure (depending on her age and where she is in her heat cycle). This procedure is performed by a veterinarian in a sterile environment, while the cat is under general anesthesia. The cat will recover very quickly. And usually within 10 to 20 minutes they are awake enough to walk around.
Spay Neuter Hotline: Phoenix: (602) 265-SPAY, Tucson (520) 624-SPAY, Statewide Toll Free: (866) 952-SPAY.
(SPAY equals 7729 on your phone key pad.)
PetSmart Charities Search -This provides by zip code a map of spay and neuter clinics.
Simply enter your zip code and click “Go”: PetSmart Charities
Outdoor Cats: Frequently Asked Questions.” Outdoor Cats: Frequently Asked Questions : The Humane Society of the United States. The Humane Society of the United States, n.d. Web. 18 Feb. 2017
Praline 3001, Poor Sweet Prince, April 15, 2013, Photograph
The first step is to contact Arizona Defense League which is a wonderful non-profit resource for TNR.
They lend humane traps, schedule clinic appointments for sterilization surgery and offer instruction and assistance.
If you require additional assistance after speaking with them and implementing a TNR Program, please contact us. We are happy to provide you with educational materials or information you can use to educate community.
“Grumpy Cat” by McFall,Eileen is licensed under CC
‘The General’ is our volunteer trappers’ nemesis. We have unsuccessfully tried to catch this guy to get him neutered. We have come very close even catching him in a drop tap, but this smart and agile guy dug out a
nd escaped in short order. He was fittingly called ‘The General’ since he has shown he is in charge of this situation. We will continue until we outsmart him and he is caught and neutered. It is most important to spay or neuter all the cats within our colonies to stop any breeding activity.
During kitten season local shelters take in over 120 kittens per week during kitten season. The most important part of TNR is “N” Neuter part.
One day while patiently trapping a cat. We became aware of some cats that were being cared for by a woman who was a tenant in one of the nearby offices. In this colony was Jet (black Cat), Carol Anne (White/Orange/long hair) and Rusty —All had been fixed! She had been caring for these beautiful cats about 5-6 years. Then one day about 2 months after meeting her, we noticed the business no longer was there, after inquiring around, we realized, sadly she had abandoned the cats. We took over the care and feeding of this colony. Rusty is the only one to date currently returning to the feeding station.
We are very pleased that this kind-hearted woman had ensured they were fixed and cared for them as long as she was available. But, the ideal way to handle a colony that you can no longer care for is to reach out to local TNR groups so they are aware of the cats and can work to find a replacement caretaker.