Do you have feral or free-roaming cats on your property or in your neighborhood? Do you feed and provide shelter for stray cats? Does it seems like a new cat or kittens appear with some regularity? Would you like to help stop feline overpopulation and homelessness?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, please consider participating in FFF, the AWLFC’s Trap/Neuter/Release (TNR) program. TNR consists of trapping, sterilizing, vaccinating, and returning cats to their own environment. It is the only humane way to manager feral and free-roaming cat populations. Since our program began in 2001, we have helped hundreds of Frederick property owners, farmers, and homeowners manage feral and free-roaming cats. We rely on our participating veterinarians who give us access to reduced rates for feline sterilization and vaccination; we are able to pass on these discounts to property owners who participate in our TNR program.
Here are the basics of our program:
- Complete the FFF agreement (PDF). Among other things, this agreement ensures us that you will continue to provide food and shelter for the cats once they have been sterilized, vaccinated, and returned to your property. Also, download this FFF Medical History Form to complete for each cat so that all records are up to date.
Feral Shelters & Feeding Stations (PDF)
Got Stray Cats? (PDF)
Property Owner Permission Form (PDF)
Trapping Guide (PDF)
- Return the form to AWLFC (address on the form) with a down payment of at least 50% of the estimated number of cats x $65/cat, an average for a spay or neuter, rabies and distemper vaccine; refer to the sliding scale on the FFF agreement if you have more than 5 cats. This down payment lets us know that you are committed to this initiative. Once you have reached the balance of your down payment, you will be expected to pay in advance for any additional cats.
- Once we receive your agreement and down payment, an AWLFC representative will contact you to schedule a site visit. He or she will train you in setting the humane traps or will handle the trapping for you, if you prefer. The AWLFC representative will also work with you to schedule trapping and veterinary appointments. We work with veterinary clinics throughout the county and will do our best to accommodate you in terms of geographic proximity of the vet to your home or trap site and cost considerations.
- You are responsible for transporting cats to and from the veterinarian and for providing a safe location for them to recover for at least 24 hours post-surgery (cats remain in the trap). If you authorize any additional services at the time you drop off the cat at the veterinarian, you will be responsible for these charges and must pay the vet directly. (eg. Pre-operative blood work, pain meds, tests). You will also be responsible for any additional charges if the cat is determined by the vet to be pregnant, lactating, or in heat. Refer to the FFF agreement for average fees.
- After the cat is recovered, you are responsible for releasing it back into its colony or home environment.