The ASPCA endorses Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) as the only proven humane and effective method to manage feral cat colonies. We work closely with Feral Cat Initiative, a program of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC Animals and Neighborhood Cats. We offer spay/neuter surgery and rabies vaccinations at our spay/neuter clinic and partner with trained colony caretakers in the five boroughs of New York City. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of TNR and how to implement a project in your area, please also consult Neighborhood Cats and Alley Cat Allies.
Help stop feral cats from overbreeding! Download a Trap-Neuter-Return flyer for your neighbors.
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Where can I learn about Trap-Neuter-Return?
The workshop “Trap-Neuter-Return: How to Manage a Feral Cat Colony” is taught by Neighborhood Cats and is available online and in all five boroughs. Please click here for a list of current workshops. Taking this workshop will provide you with information on how to trap while keeping both yourself and the cats safe. Community relations, colony feeding and sheltering, and other issues are covered. Upon completion of the workshop you will receive TNR certification, which entitles you to free or low-cost spay/neuter services with the ASPCA and other agencies in NYC.
Where can I rent a trap?
The ASPCA rents traps to people who have taken a TNR certification workshop. Traps must be picked up and returned to the following address: 70-39 83rd Street Ridgewood, Queens. Trap pick-up and drop-off are by appointment only Sunday through Wednesday between 11:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Please contact Cynthia Carter, Inventory Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment.
You may keep the traps for 10 days. A $50 deposit, payable in cash or check only, is required per trap. The deposit is fully refunded upon return of the trap in its original condition.
Please see the NYC Feral Cat Initiative Loans & Rentals of Traps page for additional trap bank resources in NYC.
Where can I get my ferals spayed/neutered?
The ASPCA operates a Stationary Spay/Neuter Clinic in Ridgewood, Queens. Please call (877) SPAY-NYC for an appointment.
- Monday- Friday from 3:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
- Saturday from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.
- Closed on Sundays
I am or know of a veterinarian who'd like to start offering services for feral cats. What resources are available?
The ASPCA has sterilized thousands of feral cats. We have written a protocol for the sterilization of feral cats (pdf) based on the work we do every day, with the input of the NYC Feral Cat Initiative. Whether you are a rescuer, colony caretaker, veterinary technician, veterinarian or any other friend of ferals, this guide will help you help feral cats. Help us make local veterinarians feral-friendly, and bring a copy to your favorite veterinarian today.