There are FREE and LOW-COST options to get feral cats fixed and vaccinated! If you have cats hanging out on your property or business, please reach out. Breeding is happening NOW and babies come soon! Traps can be borrowed if you would like to work on your own colony. Help and advice is also available, just ask these organizations. To borrow traps check with SPCA, Hitchcock Animal Shelter, and Snip Bus. Some community members also have traps to loan. Our Neighborhood Pet Project DOES NOT have traps to loan as they are frequently in use by our trappers.
Here are some of the resources available in Monterey County:
SNIP Bus: TEXT preferred to 925-967-1001. They work in many areas including Salinas, unincorporated areas and Chualar. SNIP offers feral cat clinics that include vaccination and spay/neuter. https://www.snipbus.org/clinics
SPCA: Fixes and vaccinates ferals free of charge. Appointments are available, but are frequently booked 2 months ahead of time. They also offer a limited number of walk-up same day appointments. Plan on being there by 7AM. SPCA Monterey County Low-Cost Veterinary Clinic (spcamc.org)
Heading Home Animal Rescue: Foster-based clinics, but helps the public when space is available! Trapping help is also available in the Prunedale, Castroville, Freedom and Aromas area. https://www.facebook.com/headinghomerescue](https://www.facebook.com/headinghomerescue
Project Purr: Santa Cruz County. Free spay/neuter, vaccinations and microchip. https://www.facebook.com/scprojectpurr
Community Cat Allies: Trapping help available. https://www.communitycatallies.org/ Helps with TNR including trapping, transport and holding for recovery. They can also help with injured or sick feral cats on a limited basis. Please call or text: 831-202-2877, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Best Life TNR & Rescue, Inc.: TNR help in Monterey County, primarily Salinas. Foster program for rescued street kittens/cats based on intake availability. www.bestliferescue.org
Cat Crew California: TNR help in Hollister. www.catcrewcalifornia.com
Garlic City Kitty: Reach out for help in Morgan Hill and Gilroy
Trapping yourself? Only trap with an appointment scheduled already. We trap the day before an appointment so that the cat is not held too long which increases stress and risks the cat not getting enough food and water. Make sure you have a towel on hand to cover your humane trap completely as soon as the cat has triggered the trap.
Pet Maintenance and Repair in Prunedale is more affordable if you can't get the cat into SPCA with a cost of around $100 per cat. 831-272-3411.