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San José Animal Care Center
2750 Monterey Rd.
San Jose, CA 95111

408-794-PAWS (7297)

Cat Trapping

Nuisance Cats

Are roaming cats causing a nuisance in your neighborhood? In addition to producing litters of kittens every 2-6 months, unneutered and unspayed cats tend to spray, fight, and urinate and defecate in the open. Male cats can impregnate up to 100 female cats in one day!

Fix the Problem for Free

The most effective and humane way to manage outdoor cat populations is TNR: Trap cats, have them Neutered (“fixed”) then Return them to the place where they were trapped. This service is free for all people who bring cats in to SJACS from our service cities. Healthy, stray cats over 3 months of age surrendered to SJACS who do not qualify for adoption due to behavior considerations are eligible for this program.


If you would like a guarantee that the cat you bring in for TNR will not be euthanized, please use our pay service and do not surrender the cat as a stray. Bring trapped cats to the shelter Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Use the front door. You will be required to pick the cat up in the afternoon and pay a $25.00 fee for services. The cat will need to recover indoors for 24-72 hours prior to release.

Don’t Remove

Removal Creates More Cats

Multiple kittens together in a box.By ensuring as many cats as possible in a location are neutered, you can dramatically reduce the number of roaming cats in your area, and the nuisances they may produce. Trapping cats and removing them from the area can cause cat populations to explode. Especially if the cat being removed is already spayed or neutered. That cat will likely be “replaced” by a roaming, breeding cat that will produce litters of kittens.

3 Ways to Get a Trap

    A cat trap.
  1. Come to SJACS:
    1. During regular business hours.
    2. Complete a Trap Rental Agreement.
    3. Cash deposit of $75.00 (refunded when the trap is returned)
    4. Good for 7 days.
  2. Purchase traps at your local hardware store.
  3. The Humane Society of Silicon Valley. Call them at 408.262.2133 x 108. See their Homeless Cats page.

Cat with tipped ears.Trapping Tips - Only trap during hours the shelter is able to accept cats, everyday from 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM You must be at the shelter no later than 7:00 PM.

  • Bait the trap with wet cat food or tuna. However, remove the food from the can and place on another service. The edges of the cans can injure the cat.
  • Let cats with tipped ears out of traps. They are already fixed.
  • Do not leave a trapped cat in direct sunlight, rain, or extreme weather (under 60 degrees or over 80 degrees).
  • Do not transport cats in open beds of trucks.
  • Cover the trap completely at all times, including transport to and from the shelter.
  • Place a large garbage bag or tarp on the surface where the trap will be placed in your vehicle prior to transport. Cover the garbage bag/tarp with a sheet or towel to protect surfaces from cat urine or feces (we can give these to you), THEN place the cat in the trap on the sheet or towel.
  • Causing harm to or releasing a trapped cat to any location other than the location where it was trapped is a crime.