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 Free Roaming Cats

Every Day is Caturday!

Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return, or TNVR, improves the lives of cats, addresses community concerns, reduces complaints about cats, and stops the breeding cycle, according to leading cat advocacy group, Alley Cat Allies.

The Lake County Animal Shelter hosts "Operation Community Caturday," a partnership between the shelter and LEASH, Inc., with the goal of humanely reducing the free-roaming cat population.

Residents who are feeding outdoor cats are encouraged to register online for a TNVR appointment. The cost of the surgery will be $10 per cat, paid directly to the shelter by cash or card. Appointments are limited to five cats per resident per month. All cats must be in a humane trap, be healthy, and be a minimum of four pounds. Trapping and returning the cats is the responsibility of the caregiver and not a service provided by the shelter. Residents are required to pick-up the cats after surgery and return them to the location where the cat was trapped. Operation Community Caturday is limited to unowned, free-roaming cats, and all cats will be ear-tipped.

Participants may sign up here. Don’t forget to reserve an appointment for each cat.

For helpful tips regarding trapping cats, check out: How to Catch a Feral or Stray Cat with a Trap | Alley Cat Allies

Residents who would like more information on the program, including how to get involved and to learn how to trap cats, are welcome to attend the shelter’s free upcoming TNVR workshop “Caturday School”. Co-hosted by LEASH, Inc., the class will cover the basics of trap-neuter-vaccinate-return, teach how to set traps and trap difficult cats, and explore the best practices in community cat management. All attendees are eligible to receive three coupons for free Caturday appointments. To register for the class, click "Schedule Appointment" below.

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