The Trap-Neuter-Return program is managed through the Palm Springs Animal Shelter by our Community Cat Program Manager. In addition to needing community member participation in the program, we need volunteer trappers, transporters, colony caretakers, surgery recovery assistants, and TNR program advisers and educators.


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 for the entire valley, but space and funding are limited. Only bring cats to the Shelter during scheduled TNR clinics, and always confirm with our TNR Manager that space is available.  Never trap without a plan.


In order to sustain the TNR program and to help offset actual medical costs, we ask participants for a voluntary $45 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.


Please read our policies on humane trapping before beginning. 

Call the TNR Hotline, 760-820-2281 with questions, concerns, or for assistance.  Or email us

Responses may take 1-2 days. Immediate cat rescue issues should be directed to Palm Springs Animal Control via Palm Springs Police Department at: 760 327-1441.