Our feral cat program is a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program for free-roaming community cats who live outside and don’t belong to anyone. TNR is the most effective method for controlling feral cat population growth. Using this technique, community/feral cats living outside are trapped, spayed/neutered, ear tipped (the universal symbol of a sterilized cat), and then returned to their outdoor home. It is not only humane, it is the most effective way to reduce the number of homeless cats. The program has a dramatic impact on the number of kittens and cats entering our shelter.

Here's how the program works:

  • Rent a trap from us ($10 for up to three traps for three weeks). The fee is non-refundable.

  • Please fill out this form: Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Application.

  • Limited transportation by Kitten Rescue is available. After you fill out the application, we will call you to discuss transportation options. 

    (Drop off time at Kitten Rescue is 5:30a.m. on the morning of your Appointment.)

  • If Kitten Rescue does not have the ability to transport the cat, you will need to:

    • Transport the cat to the Tacoma facility. There are limited slots available, so plan on arriving before 7:30 AM for the 9:00 AM drop-off.

    • Return the following day by 7:30 AM to pick up the cat.

    • You will need to pay the fee to Northwest Spay & Neuter and bring your receipt to Kitten Rescue for reimbursement. The charges are $30 per feral cat plus $10 for pain medication. You MUST request pain medication.


PLEASE NOTE that you will be charged the regular spay/neuter rate of $75 to $95 per cat if it is deemed friendly (not feral) by Northwest Spay and Neuter veterinarians! Some feral cats were previously house cats that have been abandoned. You may not know if they are truly feral until you trap them.

There are two ways to tell the difference between a "friendly" and a true feral cat. First, if the cat hisses and spits when you approach the cage, it is feral. Second, if they allow you to pet or touch them through the trap (we recommend using leather gloves), they are considered friendly, not feral. If that is the case, please see our low-income spay/neuter financial assistance program.


Here is some helpful information:

      • 6401 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma

      • [email protected]

      • www.nwspayneuter.org

      • (253) 627-7729 (SPAY)

    Contact information for Northwest Spay & Neuter (Monday-Friday 9:00 – 6:00)

  • We will advise you on the best way to trap feral cats when you pick up the trap.

  • Each cat must be in it's own trap.

  • Northwest Spay & Neuter allows a maximum of 2 feral cats per family per day.

  •  Withhold food beginning at midnight before the operation (water is OK)