As a member of the Toronto Feral Cat Coalition, we are committed to offering support for the city’s and surrounding cities’ community cat populations and their colony caretakers.
Left unattended to, community cat populations can balloon out of control. Without population management, populations could grow by 18-20% per year. There are also many health benefits to animals who undergo spay/neuter surgery. It reduces or removes the risk of disease, infection, and cancer of the animal’s reproductive system. Spayed and neutered animals have also been proven to live longer lives. The biggest reason for reducing nationwide shelter intake and euthanasia over the past 15 years has been TNR and effective management of community cat populations. In fact, a recent study we completed determined that there is a strong correlation between an increase in TNR and a decrease in stray intake. Our Trap Neuter Return Program contributes to these efforts.
In partnership with volunteer colony caretakers we perform spay and neuter surgeries on homeless community cats. These cats are later returned to their colony by the caretakers in a collaborative effort to continue our work on effective community cat management. As part of the appointments, we also give the cats appropriate vaccines and a microchip to improve their health and safety.
Through Trap Neuter Return, we ensure that community cats are given the necessary supports to improve their wellness so they can live whole and healthy lives.
As we are not a city-run program, this service is provided by our Public Veterinary Services team free of charge to caretakers and is funded by our clinic income and generous supporters in the community.
To learn how to support community cat management and become a caretaker please see the “Trap-Neuter-Return: How to Manage a Feral Cat Colony” course offered through Community Cats Toronto. Please visit their website for upcoming course dates and registration
*We are continuing to conduct Trap Neuter Return appointments Monday through Friday, during our regular 9:00 am – 5:00 pm operational hours. Due to COVID-19 and new safety protocols that are in place, you may experience delays. We apologize for this inconvenience and thank you for your time and understanding.
*Daily Drop-off: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Pick-up times will be provided upon drop-off by one of our clinic team members.
Please refer to our Calendar of Events Page.
*Drop-off must be completed by the colony caretaker in order to gain consent, fill out surgical authorization forms, and ensure the animals will be returned to where they came. Pick-up can be arranged in advance with another colony caretaker.
Public Veterinary Services are provided through our clinic at 11 River Street in the east end of downtown Toronto. Please make your way to the bright green door towards the back of the building at the top of the ramp (our North-East corner).
Parking is available in the visitors’ parking lot behind the building (spaces are limited), or temporarily on the loading ramp during intake and discharge hours only. Please do not block any garbage/recycling bins or fire routes for both Toronto Humane Society’s facility and neighbouring condo/townhome complexes.