Humane Society of the Palm Beaches


Cat 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.

Classes are now scheduled for:

  • Sunday, Jan 28th 11:00am
  • Sunday, Feb 25th 11:00am
  • Sunday, Mar 25th 11:00am
  • Sunday, Apr 29th 11:00am
  • Sunday, May 27th 11:00am

Get advice / coaching on trapping cats for TNVR>

Interested in having us bring the trapping class to your community meeting, school, church, HOA or other organization?

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How to trap community cats

Want to try it without taking the class? Cats must arrive in a humane cat trap like this one:

Palm Beach County Ordinance 98-22 requires:

  • That trappers are prohibited from trapping domestic animals including feral cats for any reason except for Trap-neuter-vaccinate-return or medical care.
  • That trappers must use an appropriate sized humane cat trap.
  • That trappers must provide trapped cats with protection from the sun, excessive heat, irrigation systems, wind and rain.
  • That every trap being used display the name and phone number of the person using it.

Do not leave traps set overnight! It is very likely you will catch a raccoon and the raccoon will damage the trap. Raccoons must be released at once in the exact location they were trapped. BE CAREFULL!

If you catch a cat with a left ear tip / notch, let it go, this cat has previously been through a TNVR program.

Trappers must return the cats to the location they were trapped unless specific arrangements are made with the previous caretaker and new caretakers to confine the cats at a new location for several weeks until they get used to their new home. (cats will not stay at a new location and may be seriously injured trying to get back to where they know home to be)

Kittens should be about 3 pounds to be put through a TNVR program. If you are unsure, see:

Read and watch these trapping lessons to get tips from the pros:

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

  • Obtain traps. You will want at least two traps. You may borrow them at Peggy Adams with a refundable $75.00 deposit, borrow them from PB County Animal Care & Control, purchase them at Peggy Adams for $70.00 each or borrow some from a friend. 
  • 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.
  • After you have obtained traps, bring them to the feeding spot and lay them in the spot where the cats are normally fed. Do not set the traps. Tie the doors open with a bungie cord or string and place the food in the traps.  Do this for three days. (The cats will become less fearful of the traps.)
  • Now it's time to plan your trap day. Ideally, you will trap the evening before you plan on bringing the cat for TNVR,  Follow the directions to set the traps and place the food in the trap.
  • Move away from the feeding area for about one hour. Return with towels and gloves. 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 your TNVR provider the next morning. Leave the cat covered and do not provide any more food or water. 


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