TNR

Winter TNR Policy

   Monitor the low temperatures during the week of trapping and plan! Cats should not be released outdoors if the low temperature is below 35 the first 2-3 days after spay/neuter. If the LOW temps will be below 35, you will either need to delay trapping OR make arrangements to keep the cat confined for the first 2-3 after surgery – in a comfortable, temperature controlled, secure space (such as a dog crate) with access to a litter box, food and water, and a place to hide.

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.

Trap

  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 per day.
  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.

Neuter

  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. 

Release

  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!

OHIO

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:

  • Sunday: Closed for the season!
  • Monday: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday:  8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
  • Friday: We do not accept TNR walk-ins on Fridays 
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We will not be accepting ferals on the following upcoming dates:

  • Monday, 3/18 and Tuesday 3/19
  • Monday 4/15 and Tuesday 4/16
  • Monday 5/13 and Tuesday 5/14
  • Sunday 5/26 and Monday 5/27
  • Monday 6/17 and Tuesday 6/18
  • 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.