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.

We offer two options for feral cat surgery; free clinics once a month, and weekly services with a co-pay.

Free Monthly Clinics

We offer free TNR services for feral cats the last Wednesday of each month. Reservations are required for free clinics. All cats go home the same day. All cats receive spay/neuter surgery, ear tip, exam while under anesthesia, rabies and FVRCP  (distemper) vaccines, and pain medication. Anti-parasite medications are available at an extra cost.

Details about each clinic are available on the reservation page.

For reservations and information for our Wednesday, June 27th clinic, click here.

For reservations and information for our Wednesday, July 25th clinic, click here.

Reservations for clinics later in the year will be posted as we get closer to those dates.

Weekly Feral Cat Services

No appointment is needed for feral cats on weekly service days. You can bring 1 or 2 feral cats/kittens per trapper or car, each Wednesday and Friday. Admission time is between 9:15-9:45 am. There is a $40** co-pay per cat/kitten, which includes spay or neuter surgery, exam while under anesthesia, ear tip, pain medication given at clinic, and rabies vaccine. We recommend a FVRCP vaccination ($12.00) and Revolution for parasites ($10.00).

All feral cats brought in on weekly service days may have to stay an additional night depending on the number of public animals and feral cats admitted for surgery on any given day. Clinic staff will notify you of any changes in discharge times for your feral cats.

Here's what else you need to know:

  • You will drop-off and pay at 9:15 am.
  • You will pick up the next morning at 9:15 am.
  • Cats must be in individual humane traps. For the safety of the cats and our staff, we will not perform surgery for feral cats brought in anything except humane traps (for example, no cat/dog carriers, boxes, etc.)
  • Cover the trap completely with a blanket or sheet. This will help the cat feel safe, and will prevent the cat from hurting herself in the trap.
  • A 1/4 inch eartip is mandatory for all feral cats. This is included in the pricing.

**This package pricing applies to all independent community cat/feral cat trappers for cats living in Massachusetts. All rescue groups and organizations that operate outside of Massachusetts and TNR feral cats will be charged the owned pet cat price of $100.

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.

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 2 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 spay@dakinhumane.org. For all other questions about feral cats, contact our Adoption Centers.