You too can do your very own TNR project!
Before asking for help please consider getting TNR certified to complete a project on your own. TNR courses are offered year round through Neighborhood Cats and the Mayors Alliance for NYC’s Animals . With the certification you can check out equipment (free), book Spay/Neuter appointments (also free!), and ask advice from the organization that provided the course.
TNR is an incredibly empowering and rewarding process that helps not only the cats in your area, it builds and strengthens community bonds and individual self worth. If you can we highly recommend you catch the trapping bug!
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Our focus is to help those who are unable to do TNR for physical, mental, and/or financial reasons. Priority is given to veterans, seniors, and colonies in our target areas.
TNR stands for: Trap, Neuter/Spay, and Return. All cats will be sterilized, vaccinated (FVRCP & Rabies), ear tipped for identification purposes, and returned to the colony site at which they were trapped once recovered from surgery.
At the request of the caretaker we try to help socialize and place kittens and friendlies into various adoption programs throughout the city; however, it is not always possible due to budget and space limits.
A site visit is required prior to any and all trapping.
Please be aware during peek season (a.k.a kitten season–June-September) we may have a backlog of requests that prevent us from addressing your colony right away. Your patience is appreciated.
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Before submitting your request please read the following information carefully:
Cats Great & Small DOES NOT:
- Relocate Community Cats and/or colonies
- Provide food/medical/transportation services for Community Cats outside of the TNR process
- Accept cats or kittens from colonies we are not actively working with on a TNR project (please visit the Animal Care Center website for information on where to take a found and/or rescued cat https://www.nycacc.org/)
- Take in or help find homes for owner surrender cats (please visit https://www.nycacc.org/ for information on places that can help you re-home a companion animal)
- Trap kittens without getting the mother sterilized
- Separate kittens from their mother before they are able to eat on their own
- Socialize/find homes for feral cats over 8 weeks old
- Return cats to a colony site without an eartip
Release from Liability
By completing a TNR request form I understand and agree that Cats Great & Small shall not be liable to me or held responsible by me in any manner whatsoever for, or in connection with, the procedure to be performed on the Animal, and I hereby hold Cats Great & Small harmless from and against any and all liability and damages that may arise.
I acknowledge and agree that while I have given temporary custody to the Animal to Cats Great & Small (known as “the rescue organization”), the rescue organization shall transfer the Animal to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, its employees, volunteers, and/or agents (collectively, the “ASPCA”) and that any and all medical procedures described, including but not limited to the sterilization surgery, administration of anesthesia, and provisions of vaccinations, shall be performed by ASPCA as described and not by the rescue organization. I acknowledge that I may call 877-SPAY-NYC to discuss with ASPCA staff the risks inherent to anesthesia, surgical procedures and/or vaccine administration, including, without limitations, post-operative infection or death.
I hereby authorize and give my consent to ASPCA to receive, transport, prescribe for, treat and/or perform sterilization surgery and/or administer vaccinations and/or microchips as indicated to the Animal named on the ASPCA SSNC ANIMAL FROM. I understand that the Animal may have medical issues that are unknown to the rescue organization or ASPCA and therefore the Animal may be at greater risk for surgery. I understand that the likelihood of such unknown or undisclosed medical issues is higher in an animal that is considered to be feral. I recognize that feral cats cannot be handled by the medical staff wile awake and can only be examined after anesthesia. Unless other instructions have been given to me by the ASPCA medical staff or rescue organization, I certify that this Animal either (a) is less than four months of age, and has been feed a small meal at approximately 6:00AM on the morning of the surgery, or (b) is four months of age or older, and has not been fed since midnight before surgery. I understand that as long as, in the opinion of the attending veterinarian, it is determined that the Animal is an acceptable surgical and/or vaccination candidate, sterilization procedures and/or vaccinations will be performed regardless of the Animal’s sex or medical condition (including pregnancy). I understand that the Animal could die during or after anesthesia or surgery, and that these risks are more likely to occur if I did not follow pre-surgery feeding instructions. I understand that modem techniques and trained staff will be used to care all animals, and reasonable precautions will be used against injury, escape or destruction of the Animal. I understand that the Animal may receive a small tattoo on his or her underside to show that he or she has been sterilized. I understand and agree that the rescue organization and ASPCA shall not be liable or held responsible by me in any manner for, or in connection with, the procedure to be performed on the Animal, and I hereby hold the rescue organization and ASPCA harmless form and against any and all liability and damages that may arise. I understand the Animal shall be administered with a local and/or general anesthesia for surgery. If, in the course of treatment or during the procedure, a condition is discovered which requires medical attention or an additional procedure(s), I consent that the attending veterinarian may, in his/her absolute and sole discretion, perform such a procedure without seeking additional authorization or consent from the rescue organization or owner of Animal. I consent to these procedures and agree to pay for them. I understand that the medical staff can refuse to perform any procedure on any animal for any reason. Such refusal is at the s sole discretion of the ASPCA attending veterinarian. I acknowledge that I may call 877-SPAY-NYC to discuss with ASPCA staff the risks inherent to anesthesia, surgical procedures and/or vaccine administration, including, without limitations, post-operative infection or death.
Friendly Cats and Kittens
Friendly cats and/or kittens, encountered during TNR, will be assessed by Cats Great & Small prior to any agreement to intake. Cats Great & Small has complete discretion and permission to intake any friendly cats and/or kittens, encountered during TNR, into their adoption program if it will benefit the health and wellbeing of the cat and/or kitten. If accepted by Cats Great & Small the caretaker waives any and all rights to said animal(s).
We have a suggested donation of $50 per cat and/or kitten trapped during the TNR process. These funds go directly to cat food, bait, gas, equipment, and medical expenses that are part of each TNR project. All donations are tax deductible.
Costs add up quickly–$70 per trap, $2.75 per can of tuna used for bait, $10 for gas to and from clinic, $5 for gas to and from colony site for trapping, $12 per cat for food and wee wee pads used during the holding and recovery time before and after surgery.
Kittens add up even quicker as they need much more medical attention during the time between trapping and getting them into an adoption program including, but not limited to: flea treatment ($15), dewormer ($10), vaccinations ($25+), combo test FiV/FeLV ($25), food ($30+ depending upon how long the kitten takes to socialize), litter ($20+), toys ($5), baby food used for socialization ($15).
Your donation will help offset these costs for our organization and allow us to continue to help Community Cats in our neighborhood.