WHAT IS TNR & WHY?
Trap-neuter-return (TNR) is a type of program through which free-roaming cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, scanned for a microchip, vaccinated, and returned to where they were trapped. We do our very best to rescue kittens 7 weeks or under, place them in a neighborhood foster home, provide all necessary medical care and secure a forever home through our adoptions. For older kittens, over 8 weeks of age our only choice is to fix and return them where they were trapped.
TNR is the #1 way to decrease shelter in-take, euthanasia rates and the strain on rescue organizations. The main goal of TNR is the reduction of stray cats and homeless kittens, increased health and quality of life for our neighborhood cats, and improved human-cat interactions.
Eartipping is the universal sign of a spayed or neutered free roaming cat. 1/4 inch is removed from the tip of the right ear in a straight line cut. Eartips are readily visible from a distance, making it easy for caretakers, trappers and animal control personnel to immediately identify a cat as spayed or neutered. The procedure is performed under sterile conditions while the cat is anesthetized, is relatively painless, involves little to no bleeding and does not significantly alter the cat's appearance. We consider it a badge of honor.
Rescuing kittens is heroic, but a temporary solution. No matter how many times LA "clears the shelters" they continue to fill back up. It's easy to see why, when you consider, 1 un-spayed female cat can give birth to 12-16 kittens per year and kittens as young as 6 months old can become pregnant.
The goal of every rescue organization and community should be fewer unwanted animals, not just more adoptions.
We imagine a day when shelters and rescues can function as a "safety net," not animal disposal facilities. If communities can find a way to support recycling, water conservation and trash removal, shouldn't they also support spay/neuter?
TNR HELP FORM
PLEASE REVIEW WHERE WE FIX CATS BEFORE SENDING IN A TNR REQUEST FORM.
Los Feliz, East Hollywood/Little Armenia, Virgil Village, Silver Lake/Echo Park, Chinatown, Glassel Park/Cypress Park/Eagle Rock/Highland Park, Rampart Village, and Downtown LA (Olympic Blvd. north to Main & Alameda)
* For all other areas, including East LA, Boyle Heights, Lincoln Heights & South LA, PLEASE see resources listed to the right for TNR and low cost spay/neuter options.
What We Do:
Once you submit the TNR Form, you'll receive an email from Luxe Paws connecting you to a volunteer trapper who will schedule a trapping date. Our volunteers utilize the spay/neuter services of FixNation.org and all TNR must be scheduled in advance. The cats are trapped in the early evening, held overnight, transported to FixNation the next morning for surgery, held overnight for recovery, and returned/released back where they were trapped 24-36 hours after surgery.
* Please note, TNR may be scheduled weeks or months in advance, due to a limited number of free or low cost spay/neuter clinics here in Los Angeles. Our volunteers cannot control access to spay/neuter services & the demand for assistance can exceed our ability to help every cat. Our top priority is female cats to prevent kittens from being born.
What We DON'T Do:
We’re a small team of part time volunteers and we can’t help every cat in every corner of LA. We do NOT have a shelter facility, and we do NOT take in unwanted animals from the public. We do not re-home cats or provide fosters to serve as "free" boarding for pet cats.
*Our ability to help injured community cats is limited by your willingness to help cover highly discounted medical care.
Who We Rescue:
We NEVER “pull” animals from shelters, given the fact that the streets are flooded with homeless cats & kittens. We' are ONLY able to rescue a kitten or friendly cat from the street if we have an open foster home and the financial resources to cover the animal’s medical care. Our priority is on the youngest, most at-risk kittens within our operating area. We will never ask for the public to “pledge” money before we rescue an animal.
SAVE KITTENS BY FIXING CATS AT FIXNATION- learn to TNR!
FixNation is open Wednesday - Saturday by appointment only.
FOR DETAILS & requirements, visit FixNation.org
NEVER trap a cat without a spay/neuter reservation. NEVER leave a cat in a trap uncovered. NEVER open the trap once the cat’s inside the trap.
LOW COST OR FREE SPAY/NEUTER:
South LA & surrounding areas: Spay4LA.org
East LA/BOYLE HEIGHTS/LINCOLN HEIGHTS Pets 4 Life: 562-477-4251 * QUALIFYING ZIP CODES: 90031, 90032, 90033, 90022, 90023 & 90063
lucy pet foundation mobile clinic: 855-499-5829
sam simon foundation mobile clinic: https://ssfmobileclinic.org
San Fernando Valley Area: heavenlypets.org/spayship
City of LA Spay/Neuter Voucher for Pets NOT TNR CATS: anivet.lacity.org/onlinevoucher
Pasadena/Glendale/ S. Pasadena/Altadena/Arcadia/Monrovia/La Cresenta/Montrose: https://pasadenahumane.org
Long Beach : http://fixlongbeach.com/cats/services/
LOW COST MEDICAL CARE AND SPAY/NEUTER
ARK Animal Hospital
Low cost spay/neuter and medical care such as surgical, discount dental, vaccinations, blood work, x-rays and general veterinary care. feral & homeless KITTIES WELCOME.
Walk-in only, no appointments. Mon. - Sat. 8am - 4:30pm & Spay/Neuter animals must arrive at 8 am or you may be turned away.
* City of LA spay/neuter vouchers accepted. See link below for a voucher.
Quality Animal Clinic
Camino Animal Clinic
700 N. Moorpark Rd. Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Help for Seniors with Pets
LA Animal Services City Shelters
North Central Center
3201 Lacy Street, Los Angeles, CA 90031
South Los Angeles, Chesterfield Square Center
1850 W. 60th St. Los Angeles, CA 90047
West Los Angeles Center
11361 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064
East Valley Center
14409 Vanowen St., Van Nuys, CA 91405
West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street, Chatsworth, CA 91311
957 N. Gaffey Street, San Pedro, CA 90731
* It is illegal to abandon a cat or dog. IF no other option is available, please take the animal to a shelter where it stands the best chance of being rescued.