Thank you for reaching out to help the feral cats in your neighborhood! HOPE’s feral cat TNR program is open to feral cats as well as ‘community cats’ (friendly strays). Below is a summary of our program and the process involved in using our program:
- We can only help people with small colonies of 6 or fewer cats.
- The maximum number of feral cats that HOPE will pay to vet in one year is 6 cats per trapper.
- If a trapper is trapping at more than one small colony and they want help with more than 6 cats, we can give them additional ID numbers and authorizations but they will have to pay for all cats in excess of 6 (but they would get the HOPE 50% discount at our vet).
- For trappers with large colonies (6+ cats), they should always contact:
- FCAP, Feral Cat Assistance Program, http://www.cap4pets.org/programs/feral-cats which is part of the CAP, Citizens for Animal Protection, shelter services
- BARC (if you live within the Houston City limits), http://www.houstontx.gov/barc/fctp_feralcat_tnr.php
- Friends of BARC, http://www.friendsofbarcorg/programs.htm
- All HOPE feral cat ID numbers will expire after 90 days.
- All trappers are asked to make a donation towards our feral cat vet bill. Better yet, if a trapper can afford to pay for their ferals at our vet (using the HOPE 50% discount), that would allow us to maximize our feral cat program and help even more people, especially those people that want to help ferals but truly cannot afford to pay for any vetting.
In order to use our program, the following steps must be followed:
- Contact HOPE via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) describing the situation and a HOPE volunteer will respond within 48 hours.
- After the initial exchange of information, HOPE will assign up to 6 ID numbers and send in the corresponding authorizations to our vet.
- Once the authorizations have been sent in, HOPE will email the trapper all the pertinent information on how to utilize HOPE’s vet and then the trapper can make their own appointments.
- If the trapper needs to borrow equipment prior to trapping, the HOPE volunteer will coordinate this with the trapper.
- Borrowed equipment must be returned to HOPE in clean and working condition within a specified time frame.