Upcoming Schedule

  • June 5 (CANCELED)
  • June 26 (PENDING)

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The neighborhood cats you see around Palm Springs are often homeless, sometimes abandoned by their previous owners. Many are offspring of these forgotten felines. While some are like our household companion cats, approachable and friendly, most have had little or no contact with humans and are fearful of people, and; therefore, cannot be adopted out as pets. Palm Springs is estimated to have over 4,000 homeless cats. You can help manage the homeless cat population by participating in our Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program. TNR is humane and effective. It ends reproduction, stabilizes and reduces feral cat populations, improves cats’ lives, and reduces our annual intake of kittens at our shelter. The alternative method, removing cats from a neighborhood by killing them, is not only cruel—it is illegal —and it doesn’t work.


Cat Colony Management

Our work isn’t always complete after TNR. Occasionally, there are situations where it’s unsafe or inhumane to return cats to their neighborhoods without supportive care. Examples include: the sudden passing of a caregiver, the sale of a home where a TNR colony exists, or low income neighborhoods. These are complicated situations. We have over 20 volunteers who provide daily food and water for these felines in need. Volunteers monitor the colony, watch for unaltered cats (to provide immediate TNR), and look for injured or sick cats (to provide medical care). Your donation to the TNR Cat Colony Management will assist more then 250 homeless cats currently under management.

Drop Off at the Palm Springs Animal Shelter

OPTION 1: the night before surgery between 7:15PM -9:30 PM

OPTION 2: the morning of surgery between 7:15 AM -8:30 AM



Pick Up from the Shelter

The morning after surgery between 7:15 AM -8:30 AM


You can borrow an approved TruCatch 30LTD Trap from the Palm Springs Animal Shelter. Speak with shelter staff in the intake office or the front desk. They can show trap operation. The rental is free. Simply sign an agreement and provide a refundable deposit of $65 per trap. Cash and credit cards are accepted, and the amount will be refunded upon returning the traps to the shelter within the agreed upon time-frame. All traps must be labeled on top using duct tape or painter’s tape with the trapper’s name, trapper’s mobile number, and the exact address where cat was trapped.


In order to sustain the TNR program and to help offset actual medical costs, we ask participants for a voluntary $25 donation per cat. We do not want this cost to restrict or limit anyone from participating, so we proactively partner with all people of all financial means. Talk to us if you need fees waived, or if you are able to contribute more.


Once sedated, cats are checked for potential microchips and potential past evidence of neuter/spay procedures. All cats are neutered/spayed, receive rabies vaccination, FVRCP vaccination (rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia) , a tipped ear, pain medication, a microchip and are treated for infection, fleas, or ear mites, if visible. Post-surgery the cats are held at the shelter overnight. This gives the cats time to recover in a quiet and safe space, while the anesthesia wears off. They are also given food. Cats must be returned the next day to the exact location where they were trapped.

Tipped Ears

Eartipping is the preferred method to identify spayed/neutered homeless and neighborhood cats. Eartipping is the removal of one-quarter of a cat’s left ear (about 1 cm). This procedure is performed under sterile conditions while the cat is already under anesthesia. There is little or no bleeding, it is relatively painless to the cat, and does not significantly alter the appearance or beauty of the cat.

Our TNR Clinics Are Open to the Public

Please read our policies on humane trapping before beginning. Call the TNR Hotline (760-820-2281) with questions, concerns, or for assistance.


TNR surgeries at Best Friend’s partner locations throughout Coachella Valley, including the Palm Springs Animal Shelter, are paid for by a generous Best Friends Animal Society grant, and funded by Maddie’s Fund and PetSmart Charities. The program runs through December 2019. Once the grant is over, the Palm Springs Animal Shelter will continue to hold TNR clinics on the second and fourth Saturday of every month.

Palm Springs, DHS, Cathedral City

Palm Springs Animal Shelter

East Valley Cities

Coachella Valley Community Cat Program


TNR HOTLINE: 760-820-2281

Responses may take 24 hours.

Immediate cat rescue issues should be directed to Palm Springs Animal Control via Palm Springs Police Department at: 760 327-1441.


They come to our shelter from a variety of untenable circumstances:  born feral, abandoned by owners, hoarder cases, regressive city ordinances and unsafe environments to include inhospitable neighbors. One major trait they have is they are un-socialized–having an innate fear of humans.  This fear renders them not suitable for regular adoption consideration.

We try to make their stay at the shelter reflect their outdoor living past by providing a safe, comfortable Catio habitat to lessen their stress, but it is not a long-term solution for these cats.

From time immemorial, cats have been referred to as “ratters” or “mousers” and have been prized for their ability to control the rodent population in both rural and urban settings. This innate ability is now these cats saving grace.

Our Working Cats Program has been designed to allow these cats to barter this skill for room and board under the supervision of an understanding care giver on ranches, farms, wineries, agricultural operations, warehouses of all types as well as neighborhood backyards. The benefit of this program to the shelter is that we can put into action our philosophy that ALL cats, irregardless of their past situations, deserve the chance to live their best life. Our Program allows us to place these cats in a mutually beneficial environment. The adopter gets 24/7 natural pest control and the cats get food, water, shelter and safety.

In order to ensure a good fit between adopters and the cats, we have a thought out process that enhances the potential for success. This process starts with an adopter application followed by an on-site grounds inspection and finally a contractual agreement that outlines steps to ensure a successful outcome.

The cats are assigned in sets of two or more. This ensures a better chance of adjustment to their new environment. The adopter gets cats that have been spayed/neutered, vaccinated, treated from parasites and diseases if present, microchipped and ear-tipped.

If you have a business or living situation that could benefit from having one of our working cats on your property, please contact us at:

Help move the needle from unwanted to wanted for these cats.


While many people appreciate the benefits of cats in their neighborhood, in particular rodent control, some people don’t want the cats in their yard. Reasons may include paw prints on vehicles, digging in garden for defecation, fur on patio furniture, or spraying if the cats have not been spayed or neutered.

The Palm Springs Animal Shelter and the City of Palm Springs advocate for Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). TNR is the process of spaying/neutering, vaccinating, and microchipping free-roaming community cats. This process diminishes, often eliminating, unwanted behaviors of yowling, fighting, spraying, and producing kittens.

If a resident wants to keep cats out of their yard, here are some humane and inexpensive solutions to help deter cats:

• Scatter fresh orange and lemon peels, spray citrus-scented fragrances
• Spread citronella oil, lavender oil, lemongrass oil, or eucalyptus oil
• Add coffee grounds to your garden
• Plant the rue herb (Ruta Graveolens) or scaredy cat coleus (Coleus Canina)

Additional cat deterrents can be purchased to provide more assurance:

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• ScareCrow™

If you have cat urine scent in your yard, try these products designed specifically to eliminate feline urine odor:

• Natures Miracle
• Scouts Honor

Neighbors that are proactively helping community cats, and participating in TNR, should consider these tips to encourage cats to stay in their yard:

• Feed on a schedule, in a quiet out-of-the-way place
• Maintain a clean outside litter box
• Grow cat nip, cat mint, or barley grass
• Add a cozy cat house or two. For ideas see

We hope this is helpful. Community Cat Program specialists are available to come onsite and provide consultation if needed. For more information, contact us at: 760-820-2281,