• TNVR Cat Peggy Adams
What is Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR)?

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 Cat Peggy Adams


TNVR Master Course

Do you have unsterilized free-roaming cats in your neighborhood? Seeing kittens? Learn the basics of how to humanely trap, manage and reduce the outdoor cat population numbers. Watch these Master Classes on the Process of TNVR.  Questions: 





Schedule a Visit with our Outreach Coordinator

 Schedule a free visit to your location by our TNVR Outreach Coordinator. 

Peggy Adams Offers Free Cat Trap Loanscat trap

Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League offers residents of Palm Beach County free trap loans for the purpose of humanely capturing free-roaming cats to bring in for the TNVR procedure. You may pick one or more up in the grace Pavilion building Monday through Friday between 9am and 5pm. 

NOTE: Palm Beach County Ordinance 98-22 forbids trapping cats for any other reason than for TNVR or vet care.

  • Each trap requires a fully refundable deposit of $85.00 on a credit card.
  • The loan period for this trap is 8 weeks and it must be returned clean and in good working order for the deposit of $85.00 to be returned.
  • If you keep the trap for longer than 60 days, the deposit will be kept by Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League and the trap will be documented as “sold”.
  • Peggy Adams will not provide euthanasia or cremation services for community cats.
  • Trapper must protect the trapped cat from sun, rain, wind, and irrigation systems. (Required by law under ordinance 98-22)
  • Trapper understands that cats brought to the shelter in this trap cannot be surrendered (turned in). Peggy Adams does not accept cats in traps for any other purpose but TNVR services as outlined above.

Cats brought in for TNVR will not be admitted if there is anything inside the trap with the cat, No cups, bowls, newspaper, towels etc.….    The trap must be covered with a trap cover or towel.

Sick community cats needing veterinary care outside of what is provided in TNVR service should be taken to a full-service veterinary office or to our county Animal Care and Control facility at 7100 Belvedere Road.


Getting started:

Do not try and trap the cats on the day you bring the trap home. Place the trap in the exact spot where the cats normally get fed. Turn the trap on its side and open the front and back door, use a zip-tie or bungee cord to affix the doors in the open position. Place some food in the center of the trap. Keep doing this for at least 3 days. (This is called trap conditioning) the cats will lose their fear of the trap.  On the 4th day, turn the trap so the handle is on the top and set the trap putting food only at the back of the trap. Make sure the cat is hungry. If you feed two times a day, skip the feeding in the morning on this day. Once the cat is trapped, quickly cover the trap with a towel to calm the cat.


Need more trapping tips?

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TNVR (Feral) Cat Surgery Price Schedule      

Feral cat spay/neuter is FREE for all zip codes in Palm Beach County in 2022 and 2023. The fee for TNVR of cats coming in from other counties is $50.00 per cat.  
We are very grateful to our private supporters, Palm Beach County, and a private foundation for underwriting the cost of cat spay/neuter, vaccinations, and microchips for free-roaming cats for TNVR.  

TNVR Instructions and Information

TNVR Instructions and Information

What is included in the TNVR procedure?

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

Drop off Procedure:

All free-roaming cats must be brought in for surgery in a humane trap. We cannot TNVR a cat in a carrier, they must be in a trap.


Pick-up Procedure:

Cats are to be picked up the following day between 8 am and 9:00 am.

How to Book a TNVR Appointment

Peggy Adams admits cats for TNVR on Mondays and Tuesdays, with a limit of 50 cats per day. 

Please note, our TNVR Appointment Calendar opens Wednesdays at 1 pm to book appointments for the following week. There is a limit of five cats per person/vehicle/driver. 

  • Follow the link below to the Appointment Calendar (appointments accepted online only)

  • Choose an open date and book your appointment.
  • If you find that you can not use the appointments that you scheduled, please go back and delete your appointment so it opens up for someone else.
  • Please arrive at the appointment start time so that we do not give your appointment away to a "stand-by" client.
  • The TNVR application must be filled out upon arrival AND the trap MUST be covered. All free-roaming cats must be brought in for surgery in a humane trap. We cannot TNVR a cat in a carrier, they must be in a trap. Please fill out one application for each cat you will be bringing in. Do this at home so the drop-off moves along faster Click here to print applications.
  • If there are no appointments available we accept standbys for single cats (One) on an availability basis. If you would like to stand by, please arrive around 8:15 on Monday or Tuesday and we will do our best to accommodate admittance. 


Thank you for helping to stabilize outdoor cat populations through TNVR!

Stay in your car and do not unload until staff directs you.  We ask that clients do not drive onto our campus before 7:00 am. 



Additional 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



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