Thank you for your interest in the Austin Humane Society Community Cat Program, which provides sterilizations and rabies vaccinations for cats without identified owners. Your participation reduces the number of cats entering our city’s shelter, and provides for a happier and healthier life for the cats.
All cats must be trapped within the Travis County limits
Remember to secure a humane trap prior to scheduling an appointment. Additional questions? Email email@example.com
For community safety, masks are required at all times you are on AHS property. We are ensuring a 6 feet or more physical distance between staff and customers during all drop-offs and pickups. It is imperative you are on time for your appointment, so the process is as smooth and safe as possible.
When you arrive for your appointment, you’ll be instructed to text 512-439-9935 to alert staff you are here. Everything will be done curbside through phone alerts. Please remain in your car and text 512-439-9935 the full name the appointment is under and the exact number of cats you are dropping off for surgery (ex: JANE DOE 3). Staff will be available by phone to help you at intake the morning of the clinic if you have any questions.
To save time, you can print the intake form and complete it beforehand (please print double-sided).
The Austin Humane Society does not have staff onsite after 7 p.m. and will be sending ALL cats home the day of their surgery so they can be monitored by you. We will call or text the number you provided on the clinic intake form to schedule a pick-up time. We typically schedule pick up between 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. All cats must be picked up before 6:30 p.m.. Our clinic staff will review post-op instructions upon pickup.
After surgery, you will need to hold the cat overnight to make sure there are no complications and release the following day where you found it originally! The cat should look and behave as before, and the surgery site should be clean. Leave the cat in the trap and call us if you have any concerns.
Trap rental is available at the Austin Humane Society daily from 12-5 p.m. We do require credit card information for all trap rentals. Traps can also be purchased for about $70 from a hardware or feed store. ALL cats must arrive in a covered, humane cat trap. We cannot safely sedate cats in carriers, crates, etc and they will not be accepted. Traps are safer for cats and humans. Cats arriving in anything other than traps will be charged a $10 transfer fee per cat.
Additional questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Community cats are members of the domestic cat species, but are not socialized to humans and therefore not adoptable. Cats have been living outdoors near humans for 10,000 years. They typically live in groups called colonies and have strong social bonds with their colony members.
Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is an effective and humane way to stabilize community cat populations. Cats are humanely trapped and brought to one of the AHS clinic days to be spayed/neutered and vaccinated by the vets at AHS.
TNR works. No more kittens. Their lives are improved, and the population stabilizes and declines over time. The behaviors and stresses associated with mating, such as yowling and fighting, stop.
You can rent a trap from AHS anytime between 12pm – 7pm Mon – Sat and 12pm – 5pm on Sunday.
If you find a kitten or a litter of kittens wait and see if mom returns. Mom is most likely out finding food and planning to return. Make sure the kittens are safe and dry and check back in an hour or two to see if mom comes back.
If she does not return, you can text ‘foundatx’ to (844) 764-2125 or email email@example.com.
This flow chart can also walk you through what to do if you encounter a kitten.
All of our intake depends on our current capacity. If you have kittens that you think would be good canidates for our foster or adoption programs, please contact our intake department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-646-7387×104.
Explanation: Cats are scavengers and are looking for food.
Explanation: Cats like to perch on high ground.
Explanation: It is a cat’s natural instinct to dig and deposit in soft or loose soil, moss, mulch and sand.
Explanation: Cats are territorial and will remain close to their food source.
Explanation: The cats are looking for a dry, warm shelter away from the elements.
Explanation: Cats need to be fed under proper guidelines. Leaving food out can attract other animals.
Explanation: These are all mating behaviors displayed by cat that have not been spayed or neutered, and they will breed prolifically.