Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) is the most effective way to control the outdoor cat population and keep feral and semi-feral cats healthy. Take these 10 steps to make it happen.


  1. Use a humane box trap (Tomahawk, Havahart, or Tru Catch recommended). Traps must be at least 9”x 9” x 26-36”. You can rent traps from OAR for a $70 refundable deposit per trap. Stop by the clinic Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., to borrow up to two traps at a time for an up to two-week period.
  2. One feral or semi-feral cat/kitten per trap—no exceptions.
  3. Bring in up to two cats in traps per household/colony/location per day. If you are trapping a large colony, please call us to make an appointment.
  4. Cover with a towel (or other fabric) and bring to OAR’s Spay/Neuter Clinic during its community cat admission schedule below. You can also make an appointment.
  5. Have questions about trapping? Here’s a great resource.


  1. If you drop off early in the day, it’s possible that the cat will have same-day surgery. Cats dropped off later in the day will likely be scheduled for surgery the following day.
  2. It’s possible that the Spay/Neuter Clinic will reach capacity and stop being able to accept more cats for surgery. Check our community cat admission schedule below to see if we’ve reached our limit for the day.
  3. Pick up your cat the morning after surgery at 7:30 a.m. (Friday surgeries require a same-day pick-up at 2:30 p.m.) Your cat will be ear-tipped, and you will receive instructions about release and care. 


  1. Follow the instructions that OAR’s Spay/Neuter Clinic staff give you for the best results. 
  2. When your cats are ready, release them back into their established territory, healthier—and with far less chance of a kitten invasion on your property!

These specials only apply to free-roaming, unowned cats that live outdoors and will be returned outdoors. Because unowned cats are one of the most vulnerable groups of cats, we strive to ensure spay/neuter is accessible to them by seeking funding to subsidize the cost. Pets, strays that will be rehomed, or owned outdoor cats are not eligible for these specials.

Thanks to the generous support of the Joanie Bernard Foundation, funding is available to fully subsidize the cost of care for community cats in any area within 100 miles of Cincinnati.

This week’s schedule:

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: Closed *FULL*
  • Thursday: We do not accept TNR walk-ins on Thursdays
  • Friday: We do not accept TNR walk-ins on Fridays 

Be aware that walk-ins are first come, first serve and this schedule is subject to change. Check back frequently!

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PLEASE NOTE that our Tuesday & Wednesday drop off hours will change effective 5/8/2024.

The new hours will be:

Monday, 8:30am- 3pm

Tuesday, 8:30am- 11am

Wednesday, 1pm- 3pm

Thursday, CLOSED (effective 7/1)

We will not be accepting ferals on the following upcoming dates:

  • Wednesday 7/3 and Thursday 7/4
  • Monday 7/15 and Tuesday 7/16
  • Monday 8/19 and Tuesday 8/20
  • Sunday 9/1 and Monday 9/3
  • Monday 9/16 and Tuesday 9/17
  • Monday 10/14 and Tuesday 10/15
  • Monday 11/18 and Tuesday 11/19
  • Wednesday 11/27 and Thursday 11/28
  • Monday 12/23, Tuesday 12/24, and Wednesday 12/25

If you have an appointment for your feral cat(s), this schedule does not apply.