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How to Start a Trap Depot

A trap depot is a centralized resource that owns multiple humane traps and lends them out exclusively for Trap-Neuter-Return of community cats. Trap depots can be nonprofit organizations, spay/neuter clinics, Trap-Neuter-Return veterans—anyone can start a trap depot! These valuable community resources allow both beginners and experienced trappers to initiate or expand their trapping without having to invest in traps of their own.

Not every area has a trap depot—that’s why we’ve put together these instructions to help you start one. Whether you are an individual or part of an organization, you can loan traps and help cats in your community. Explore this section for step-by-step instructions on how to set up your own trap depot, loan traps safely, and expand Trap-Neuter-Return in your area.

Step-by-Step Guide to Starting and Operating a Trap Depot:

  1. Program Set Up »
  2. Equipment Tracking »
  3. Trap Loan Procedures »
  4. Trap Return »