CCAW Feline Spay/Neuter Program
The CCAW Spay/Neuter program is a combination of our TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) Program and our Feline Spay/Neuter Voucher Program. The TNR Program’s goal is to reduce the number of community (feral) cats in the area and the Voucher Program provides an affordable way to get inside/outside cats fixed.
In the TNR Program, community (feral) cats are trapped, transported to the nearest veterinarian for surgery, and returned to their community with the permission of a responsible caregiver. The vet also administers the rabies vaccine, and while under sedation, one of the cat’s ears is ‘tipped’ to identify it has been fixed.
The process typically begins with a phone call from a caregiver who needs help getting their cat(s) fixed. If they are feral, a CCAW volunteer takes traps along with CCAW Spay/Neuter Vouchers to the cat caregiver and explains how to train cats to eat in the trap. This training eventually leads to the capture of the cats for a TNR appointment with the local vet.
Cats are trapped the day before the appointment with the vet and need to be kept in a warm, safe place overnight. On the morning of the appointment, the caregiver takes the cats and the voucher(s) to the vet. The cat caregiver pays the co-pay to the vet.
While at the vet, cats are examined for illnesses or injuries, given medication as needed, and vaccinated. Caregivers pick up the cats afterward and keep them in a warm and safe place until they have recovered and can then be returned to their colony.
The small co-pay from caregivers helps defray the total cost of surgery for each cat. This service is available to all community cat caregivers in the Wayne County area. CCAW can help with trapping and transport, if needed.
In the Feline Voucher Program, CCAW offers spay/neuter vouchers with a small co-pay. After contacting CCAW and obtaining vouchers, the caregiver typically makes their own appointments with an approved local veterinarian. On the morning of the appointment, the caregiver takes the cats and the voucher(s) to the vet. The cat caregiver pays the co-pay to the vet. Assistance with transportation can be arranged.