Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR) is a program in which free roaming cats are humanely trapped, spayed/neutered, vaccinated for rabies and other feline viruses, microchipped and then returned to their outdoor home 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 most efficient and humane way of stabilizing community, feral, outdoor cat populations.
What is the difference between a stray cat a feral cat, a free roaming or community cat?
Feral cats are the "wild" offspring of once domesticated cats. Feral cats do not trust humans and can't be handled. A "stray" cat is a lost or abandoned 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 free roaming cats through attrition.
TNVR (Feral) Cat Price Schedule:
Starting January 2018 - Free cat spay/neuter -For all zip codes in Palm Beach County in 2018.
Our capacity is 25 cats per day.
Free Trapping Workshops
Do you have unsterilized free roaming cats in your neighborhood? Seeing kittens? We can help. Peggy Adams offers free trapping workshops on the last Sunday of each month. Interested in learning how to help free roaming cats? By attending just one class, you will learn the basics about the TNVR process.
Procedures for TNVR
Drop off Schedule for TNVR cats:
The TNVR application must be filled out upon arrival. TNVR application>
What is included in the TNVR procedure?
TNVR packages include spay/neuter, rabies vaccine, FVRCP+C vaccine, Microchip, left ear-tip, antibiotic injection, pain medication injection, dose of Revolution.
Cats are to be picked-up the following day between 8am and 9am.
Please email us at TNVR@peggyadams.org for more information.
Once TNVR takes place the cats receive special status under ordinance 98-22 section 4-35
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 Tip: All cats receiving TNVR services will have their left ear tipped. 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 community cats will receive a microchip (EAID) linking them to an address.
All community cats will receive an ID tattoo. (Small green line on the cat’s abdominal area)
The colony caretaker must maintain proof of sterilization, vaccination and microchip for all cats in their care.
All cats in Palm Beach County must be spayed/neutered and vaccinated by 4 months of age. See the Palm Beach County ordinance 98-22.
If you have questions, please call our Community outreach TNVR coordinator at:
561-472-8864 or e-mail us at TNVR@PeggyAdams.org