The Feral Cat Assistance Program (FCAP) assists with feral cats in Trap-Neuter-Return whereby you trap the cats, we assist with getting them spayed and neutered, and you agree to return them to that same location, allowing them to live there as before. As a result, you will end up with the same cats, but they will not be able to reproduce and enlarge the colony.
At this time we are not able to provide trapping assistance. However, most people who participate in the program for the first time find the trapping process to be easier than they thought it would be.
Feral Cat Trap Rentals
Feral Cat Surgeries
FCAP does not charge for surgery.
We do not provide any pre-surgical blood work or physical exams.
All cats will be ear-tipped, no exceptions.
Free Feral cat surgery includes
● Spay or neuter with dissolvable sutures
● Ear Tip (mandatory)
● Rabies vaccination (mandatory)
● Flea Preventative
● Treatment for ear mites
Free surgery is provided by CAP only for feral cats that will be returned to "the wild". By definition, feral
cats are not sociable, adoptable animals. CAP's program does not provide surgery for outdoor cats that
are personal pets or for free-roaming friendly and sociable outdoor cats.
- Surgery Reservations
- Feral Cats Surgery Clinic Policies
- Surgery Reservations - SPANISH
- Feral Cats Surgery Clinic Policies - SPANISH
Educate your family, friends, and neighbors about trap-neuter-return, and encourage people to bring in feral cats to be fixed and vaccinated.
Trap-Neuter-Return: If you are feeding or have feral cats on your property, trap, transport, recover, and release the feral cats in your area. CAP will provide the surgery and vaccinations for FREE. Register for surgery on the available day of your choice on the Surgery Reservations page.
Donate: CAP is always in need of monetary donations and new feral cat traps (click on the donate button and select FCAP from Programs).
What is a Feral Cat?
Feral cats, also known as “wild or free-roaming” cats, are the largest cause of pet overpopulation in Houston. Thousands of feral cats are born into homelessness every year, often right in our own neighborhoods. Left unattended, feral cat colonies can grow out of control. But with your help, CAP is committed to solving this problem through humane trap-neuter- return.
What is Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)?
Twenty years of research has shown that TNR is the most humane and effective strategy for reducing the feral cat population. It has been proven that trapping and euthanizing feral cats only contributes to the population problem. Cats are territorial and when cats are removed and euthanized from a location, new cats will move in and the survivors will breed to capacity. This well-documented phenomenon is called the vacuum effect. TNR stops the problem because it stops the breeding and the colony will gradually diminish over time. Click on the image below to enlarge.
How does TNR work?
TNR is when feral cats are trapped in humane traps, taken to the CAP for spay/neuter surgery, rabies vaccination, ear tip, and flea preventative, and then released where they were trapped after they recover for 24-48 hours after surgery. Ear tipping is the removal of a quarter inch off the top of the cats’ ear while the cat is anesthetized; this is the universal symbol and only proven way to identify a feral cat that has been fixed.
For additional information and instructions on trapping join a TNR orientation, visit Alleycat.org, and watch their trapping video.