SNAP

Spay Neuter Assistance Program

Who are community cats? 

Community cats are unowned cats whose homes are outside. They may have been born outside, or may have lived in a home once, but have now bonded to their feline families and their outdoor homes. Many community cats are not socialized and therefore not adoptable, meaning they should not be taken to an animal shelter. Instead, the best way to control the population of community cats is to conduct Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR) in the neighborhood.

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What is TNVR? 

TNVR is the process of trapping a cat in a humane trap, taking them into a clinic for neuter surgery and vaccinations, and returning to their outdoor home. TNVR prevents cats from continuing to breed and expand their population, reduces the spread of disease, and helps stop euthanasia in public shelters. 

  • Stop nuisance behavior such as yowling, spraying and fighting 

  • Prevent more kittens being born 

  • Control the spread of disease 

  • Help manage the population 

  • Reduce the amount of unadoptable cats in shelters

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TNVR at SPCA Florida 

SPCA Florida offers TNVR services as a part of SNAP (Spay Neuter Assistance Program) to our community to stop more kittens being born outside. 

  • For the safety of SPCA staff and volunteers, your community cat must be in a secure, humane trap – no exceptions. 

  • All cats brought in for TNVR services will be ear-tipped to show that they have gone through TNVR and prevent future re-trapping - no exceptions. 

We offer a limited number of prescheduled appointments for our TNVR surgery days. To view the schedule and make an appointment, click here. 

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  • Check-in slots are between 8 AM and 8:30 AM, and pick up is between 4 and 6 PM on the same day. 

  • One slot must be booked per cat. 

  • Fill out the surgery release form

  • Please note that check-in takes place outdoors, with limited coverage. Please be prepared for the weather.

  • Check-in is behind the SPCA Florida Medical Center. Please enter the first driveway from Brannen Road S, and park in the Medical Center parking lot. Your cat should be taken to the awning behind the Medical Center on foot. 

 

The fee for TNVR $25, which includes Spay/Neuter, Rabies and FVRCP vaccines, and ear-tip. An optional microchip & FIV/FeLV package is available for an additional $15. 

Fee is due at time of booking. If you are unable to use your appointment, you may reschedule for a later date with no additional fee. You must reschedule before midnight the day prior to your appointment, otherwise the fee will be forfeited.

If you have problems with the booking process, please contact us on SNAP@spcaflorida.org

Trap rentals

SPCA Florida offers trap rentals for members of our community looking to trap outdoor cats for TNVR.

 

  • There is no fee to rent a trap, but a credit card guarantee is required.

  • Traps can be rented for up to 14 days.

  • Late return of traps will result in payment being charged to the credit card on file up to the cost of a replacement trap. 

 

Rentals are to be used for trapping cats for TNVR only; for the health and safety of the cats they should not be trapped for relocation, and SPCA Florida’s adoption program does not accept trapped cats. 

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Nuisance behaviors

If cats in your neighborhood have nuisance behaviors, please download our “Living with Community Cats” brochure for tips and advice to improve your relationship with outdoor kitties. 

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