Humane Society of the Palm Beaches

TNVR - Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return

Community (Feral) Cat Price Schedule:

*SPECIAL JANUARY  PRICES*                                                                                                                                                    Monday - Friday:  $30 Name Your Own Price Special (unless in a grant zip code)   Do I live in a grant zip code?    Limited to 30 cats per day. Fees due at pickup.
There will not be any PUBLIC OR TNVR SURGERIES February 3-9.

Procedures for TNVR

Drop off Schedule for community (feral) cats.   Monday - Friday: 8am-9am --first come first serve

The community cat application must be filled out upon arrival. Feral cats must be in covered traps. 

What happens after I drop the cat off?

TNVR packages include spay/neuter, rabies vaccine, FVRCP vaccine, Microchip, left ear-tip, antibiotic injection, pain medication injection, dose of Revolution.

Pick-up Procedure:

 Community cats are to be picked-up the following day between 8-am and 9am. The community cat application which you provided at drop off includes additional post-operative instructions. 

Please email us or call the surgery helpline at 561-472-8812 for more information.                                                                    

Additional information about the Feral TNVR Program.

Grant areas offering FREE community cat spay / neuter surgery.     

Thanks to grants provided by Best Friends Animal Society, PetSmart Charities, and Palm Beach County we are able to offer free TNVR and domestic cat packages  to certain Palm Beach County zip codes. 

Domestic cat packages include spay/neuter, rabies vaccine, FVRCP vaccine and microchip. Rabies license and tag are required by Palm Beach County Ordinance 98-22 at an additional cost.” 

How to Trap a Community Cat

TNVR is a program in which community (also know as feral) cats are humanely trapped, spayed/neutered, vaccinated for rabies, microchipped and then returned to their colony to live out their lives. TNVR involves a caretaker who provides food, adequate shelter and monitoring of the cat's health. TNVR has been shown to be the least costly and most efficient and humane way of stabilizing feral cat populations.

YOU can trap a community cat! Here's how: 

  1. Develop a plan.
  2. Obtain traps. You will want at least two traps. You may rent them at Peggy Adams, borrow them from a friend or purchase them. 
  3. Determine where and when the cats are fed. If you are the one feeding them, make sure it is the same time and place every day. If you do not know who is feeding them, ask people in the area and try to find out. Your trapping plan will revolve around the location and time of feeding. 
  4. After you have obtained traps, bring them to the feeding spot and lay them next to the food. No not set the traps. Do this for three days. (The cats will become less fearful of the traps.) 
  5. Now it's time to plan your trap day. Ideally, you will trap the evening before you plan on bringing the cat for TNVR, (see application for times and days). Follow the directions to set the traps and place the food in the trap. 
  6. Move away from the feeding area for about one hour. Return with towels and gloved. Cover the trap immediately with the towel to calm the cat. Move the trapped cat to a garage, covered porch or patio until transport to Peggy Adams the next morning. Leave the cat covered and do not provide any more food or water. 

All community cats must be brought in for surgery in a feral cat trap like this one:

We have traps available for rent or purchase at the shelter. View our Trap Rental Agreement here

Purchase: $70.00
Rental: 2 week rental with a $75.00 deposit ($65.00 reimbursement upon return of trap)



Need assistance trapping community cats? Apply Here!


What is the difference between a stray cat and a community cat?

Community cats are the "wild" offspring of once domesticated cats.  Community cats do not trust humans and can't be handled.  A "stray" cat is a lost pet that is friendly and can be handled. It is unfortunate that these cats have been left to fend for themselves. Our goal is to work with caretakers in our community to sterilize the cats and to eventually reduce the number of community cats through attrition.

Additional Information:
  • Community cat colony managers must assure that cats are fed regularly throughout the year. All cats must be sterilized and every attempt should be made to remove kittens less than eight weeks of age for domestication and placement.
  • Sick or injured animals must be removed immediately for care or humane euthanasia to prevent suffering.
  • Ear Crop: All cats receiving TNVR services will have their left ear cropped. This is the removal of the distal portion of the left ear. Our subsidized TNVR clinic follows national best practices developed to protect the cats. Notches are not satisfactory because cats can get notched ears in fights.
  • All communityl cats will receive a microchip (EAID) and three years rabies vaccination.
  • Effective July 2012, all community cats will receive an ID tattoo.
  • The colony caretaker must maintain proof of sterilization, vaccination and microchip for all cats in their care.

*If you have questions, please call the surgery helpline at: 561-472-8812 or the clinic at 561-686-3663.
*If you need financial assistance please contact the surgery helpline or the clinic.


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