5. Set a veterinary care plan.
Feral cats require a special veterinary approach that takes into account their unique needs and the fact that they are unsocialized to humans. For Trap-Neuter-Return to be successful, you must have a veterinary care plan in place with professionals who are comfortable with the specific methods and procedures necessary to provide appropriate care for feral cats. Read our Feral Cat Veterinary Care Guide to determine exactly what you must have in place.
Then, determine your ability to provide neuter services.
If your organization has a clinic on site, provide subsidized or low-cost neuter services for stray and feral cats. Some organizations set aside one day a week specifically for feral cats. If possible, offer weekend neuter services to allow feral cat caregivers to trap when most convenient. For help, access our Spay and Neuter Clinic Information, watch or order our video, Feral Cat Clinic Procedure, and order Operation Catnip’s manual, Idealism in Action in our Marketplace. For more hands-on information visit the Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project and Humane Alliance.
If your organization does not have a clinic, convince local veterinarians to provide subsidized or low-cost neuter for feral cats (even if only offered one day per month). It may be necessary to subsidize expenses and/or purchase supplies for use on spay days. Consider assisting with paperwork and intake procedures.
Next Step: Organize a community outreach component to educate the public, promote services, and build communitywide support