Services and Fees for Feral Cats

Thank you for helping a wild, outdoor cat lead a safer, healthier life. By spaying or neutering and vaccinating a feral cat, you will change her life, prevent homeless kittens, and improve the health and safety of your neighborhood.

If you have questions about feral cats or kittens, you can email us at

Ferals are Not Friendly

The Feral Cat Package is not for tame cats. We will charge Pet Cat Package prices if we determine that a cat is not feral.

The Feral Cat Package Includes

  • Spay or neuter surgery
  • Ear tip
  • Pain medication (given at the Clinic)
  • Rabies vaccination
  • FVRCP vaccination

Feral Cat Package Pricing

If you bring a Massachusetts cat you are responsible for a $40 co-pay.  Dakin covers most of the cost when you pay the $40 co-pay.

If you bring a Connecticut cat you are responsible for an $85 co-pay.  

Currently there is no grant money to cover feral surgeries.

Where to Get Humane Traps

Dakin's Adoption Centers in Springfield and Leverett have traps for loan. Visit any time during their normal business hours to borrow a trap. We require a refundable deposit for each trap.

Some equipment rental businesses may have traps for rent.

How to Use a Humane Trap

Click here for information on how to trap feral cats for surgery. Have hard-to-catch cats? Click here for advanced trapping tips.

What is an Ear tip? Why Do That?

An ear tip is the surgical removal, while under anesthesia, of the top 1/4 inch of the cat's left ear. The ear tip enables the cat to be easily identified from afar as already spayed or neutered. This prevents the cat from being trapped and anesthetized again...and a spayed female cat from undergoing another surgery only to find out that she is spayed.

An ear tip (as shown in the photo) is mandatory with the feral cat package.  

Helping Feral Kittens

We will perform surgery on any healthy kitten who is at least 8 weeks old and weighs at least 3 pounds.

How can you tell if a wild kitten is old enough? Kittens get very speedy (faster than you are!) at about 6-7 weeks of age. The mother cat usually brings them out to start eating regular food at about 7-8 weeks of age. If you have been seeing kittens out and about, eating food, they are old enough for surgery.

In order to convert feral kittens into pet cats, they should be caught even earlier--ideally at around 4 weeks old, while their eyes are still blue. If these kittens can be raised in a home so they love all people, including strangers, they can become pet cats and be placed in loving homes at 8 weeks of age.

Feral Cat Questions?

For spay/neuter questions, call the Community Spay/Neuter Clinic at 413-781-4019, or email For all other questions about feral cats, contact our Adoption Centers.