TRAP NEUTER RETURN AND COMMUNITY CATS
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.
TRAP. NEUTER. RETURN.
- TNR clinics are held the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month
Drop Off at the Palm Springs Animal Shelter
OPTION 2: the morning of surgery between 7:15 AM -8:30 AM
TIP: ALWAYS CHECK TO ENSURE CATS ARE NOT EAR-TIPPED BEFORE BRINGING THEM TO THE SHELTER
NOTE: ALL CATS MUST HAVE THEIR TRAP COMPLETELY COVERED IN A SHEET (SUMMER) OR TOWEL (WINTER)
Pick Up from the Shelter
Our TNR Clinics Are Open to the Public
COACHELLA VALLEY TNR
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.
WORKING CATS PROGRAM
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Help move the needle from unwanted to wanted for these cats.
COMMUNITY CAT DETERRENTS
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:
• Cat Scat™ https://www.gardeners.com/buy/scat-mat-cat-deterrent-roll-78×11/8592448.html
• ScareCrow™ http://amzn.com/B000071NUS
If you have cat urine scent in your yard, try these products designed specifically to eliminate feline urine odor:
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 http://www.alleycat.org/ShelterGallery
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, TNR@PSAnimalShelter.org.