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The Austin Humane Society Community Cat Program

AHS is excited to announce that starting in January 2021, we will resume a limited number of appointments for spay/neuter surgery of community cats. All cats must be trapped within Travis County limits only.

The Austin Humane Society provides sterilizations and rabies vaccinations for cats without identified owners. Your participation reduces the number of cats entering our city’s shelter and provides for a happier and healthier life for the cats.

Thank you for your interest in the Austin Humane Society about our Community Cat Program, which provides sterilizations and rabies vaccinations for cats without identified owners. Your participation reduces the number of cats entering our city’s shelter, and provides for a happier and healthier life for the cats.

AHS Community Cat Clinic Requirements

All cats must be trapped within the Travis County limits

Appointments must be scheduled in advance; no walk-ins are available. Please click here to sign up.

All cats must arrive in covered, humane traps (see free trap rental policy below)

Kittens must be at least 3 pounds to have surgery.

All payments will be due at the time of intake for surgery; cost is $20/cat with the option to purchase additional vaccines or services

To book an appointment, please follow the instructions here. Remember to secure a humane trap prior to scheduling an appointment. Additional questions? Email communitycats@austinhumanesociety.org

Contactless Intake

For community safety, masks are required at all times you are on AHS property. We are ensuring a 6ft or more physical distance between staff and customers during all drop-offs and pickups. It is imperative you are on time for your appointment, so the process is as smooth and safe as possible.

When you arrive for your appointment, you’ll be instructed to text 512-439-9935 to alert staff you are here. Everything will be done curbside through phone alerts. Please remain in your car and text 512-439-9935 the full name the appointment is under and the exact number of cats you are dropping off for surgery (ex: JANE DOE 3). Staff will be available by phone to help you at intake the morning of the clinic if you have any questions.

To save time you can print the intake form, complete it beforehand and bring one form filled out per cat with you on the day of the clinic. You also have the option to download the pdf in the previous link and fill out the form on your computer before printing. *Please print double-sided. If you are not able to fill it out in advance, we will have copies available the morning you drop your cats off.

Pick-up

The Austin Humane Society does not have staff onsite after 7PM and will be sending ALL cats home the day of their surgery so they can be monitored by you. We will call or text the number you provided on the clinic intake form to schedule a pick-up time. We typically schedule pick up between 4:00 – 6:30 pm. All cats must be picked up before 6:30 pm. Our clinic staff will review post-op instructions upon pickup.

Recovery and Return

After surgery, you will need to hold the cat overnight to make sure there are no complications and release the following day where you found it originally! The cat should look and behave as before, and the surgery site should be clean. Leave the cat in the trap and call us if you have any concerns.

Trap rental

Humane traps can be borrowed from the Austin Humane Society by emailing communitycats@austinhumanesociety.org leaving a deposit OR they can be purchased for about $70 from a hardware or feed store. ALL cats must arrive in a covered humane cat trap. We cannot safely sedate cats in carriers, crates, etc and they will not be accepted. Traps are safer for cats and humans. Cats arriving in anything other than traps will be charged a $15 transfer fee per cat.

Additional questions? Please email communitycats@austinhumanesociety.org

Having issues with community cats in your neighborhood? Read our community cat FAQs to learn more about living in harmony with community cats.