Do you, or your neighbors, care for feral (not socialized to humans) cats, community cats, or indoor pet cats that you would like to have fixed, but you lack the time or the means to transport them to a spay/neuter clinic? Do you live in King William or Lavaca, The Cannoli Fund’s service area? The Community Cat Carpool can help!
The Cannoli Fund advocates the TNR (Trap, Neuter, and Return) method of cat population control. With TNR, feral and community cats are humanely trapped, sterilized, vaccinated, and returned to the outdoor locations where they have been living. The top of their left ear is “tipped” to signify that they have been fixed. This is considered the most humane and sustainable strategy for controlling the free-roaming cat populations. It has proven to be very effective in controlling the stray cat population in our service area. Learn more about TNR, and the science behind it on this page of the Alley Cat Allies website: “Why Trap-Neuter-Return Feral Cats: The Case for TNR.”
Pet cats are also welcome to carpool and we loan cat carriers. Some of the clinics tattoo pet cats with a small blue dot tattooed inside their left ear. This permanently marks the cat as being spayed or neutered.
In the Community Cat Carpool program, feral or community cats are trapped in The Cannoli Fund’s humane traps and transported to a clinic, typically the Spay-Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) or to the Animal Care Services Community Cat Spay/Neuter Clinic to be fixed, vaccinated and ear tipped. The sterilized cats are then returned to their colony where they can live comfortably without multiplying, and, in the males’ case especially, without fighting and nighttime yowling.
For more information on borrowing traps or assistance with transportation via the Community Cat Carpool program, please email the Cannoli Fund.