The Spay-a-Stray program is made possible through generous grants from Bernice Barbour Foundation, Karen M. Schroth Charitable Foundation for Animals, PetSmart Charities, and individual donors.
- Any cat trapped by a community member who is willing to return the cat where it was trapped. Cost = FREE.
- First Responders who trap and return feral cats for others. Cost = FREE.
- Community members or rescue organizations taking responsibility for a feral cat colony or feeding station. Cost = FREE.
All feral cats must be delivered in a live release trap and be trapped in Marion or Polk Counties by Marion or Polk County residents.
How can I rent a trap?
- An appointment is required to rent a trap. Please call 503-480-SPAY.
- Check a trap out in the clinic from 8:30 am to 11 am, and 1 pm – 3:30 pm. The standard rental period is 5 days.
- *A refundable deposit of $50 will be charged to your credit card. If the trap is returned within 5 days, the rental is free. If the trap has not been returned and no contact is made within 5 days, your card may be charged $50 and the trap becomes yours.
How can I make an appointment?
- Call 503-480-SPAY to confirm eligibility, ask questions, and make an appointment.
- No appointment deposit is required for this promotion, only the trap deposit.
- Allow three days of feeding out of the trap before setting your trap the night before your appointment date.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- How do I know if the cat is feral? The current promotion covers true feral cats and free-roaming cats without owners. Check with your neighbors for descriptions of their cats, and to ensure their cats are safe before trapping.
- Why is a trap required for feral cats? While all free-roaming cats are eligible for surgery, and many may be friendly, we are unable to individually assess temperament prior to surgery. Because of the fight or flight response of feral cats, they are sedated through the trap in order for our veterinary staff to safely handle them.
- Do I need to rent a trap from you to be eligible for the promotion? All feral cats must be brought to the Spay & Neuter Clinic in a live-release trap, but you’re not required to rent a trap from WHS, there are many other resources to buy or rent a trap.
- Does the cat need to receive an ear-tip? All cats in this promotion will receive a straight ear-tip on the right ear. It is the recognized mark that a cat has been altered to avoid unnecessary trapping and surgery in the future.
- Do you still include barn cats in this promotion? Initially, the Spay-a-Stray program included a $5 charge to spay or neuter a barn cat. Currently, this program only provides surgery for community cats (feral or free-roaming cats) in live-release traps, free of charge.
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