Community Cat Management Programs

*Sterilization Program Update*

The Sterilization Program WebPortal remains down. Our efforts to resolve this issue continue. Animal Care has been issuing vouchers manually via email. At this time, we have issued all of the allotted SNIP program vouchers for owned pets through the end of the 2022 Calendar Year. We will continue issuing TNR program vouchers for community cats via email, through communitycats@broward.org . We will provide a status update on the issuance of vouchers for owned pets at the beginning of the new year, 2023. 


Broward County is home to thousands of Community Cats--unowned cats that live outdoors.

Some of these cats are part of a cat colony and are cared for by a Colony Caregiver. Other cats simply roam freely throughout neighborhoods and communities.

In 2015, the Broward County Chapter 4 Animal Care Ordinance was amended to allow for Community Cat Management Programs. The goal is to reduce the overpopulation of Community Cats within Broward County through two sterilization programs:

  • Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)
  • Return to Field (RTF)

For more information or questions about Community Cat Programs, please e-mail CommunityCats@Broward.org.

Trap-Neuter-Return

Through Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), Community Cats are humanely trapped by residents; sterilized; vaccinated for rabies; ear-notched and then returned to the neighborhood in which they were found.  PLEASE NOTE that Broward County Animal Care DOES NOT come out and trap the cats for you.

To apply for a Community Cat TNR voucher, please visit our WebPortal and follow the directions. PLEASE NOTE:  We recommend you read our TNR Instructional Guide on how to use the WebPortal and what to expect when applying for TNR vouchers.

For the current month: TNR vouchers are:

_____ available

__X___  not available 

If vouchers are not available, they will be available on: October 1st, 2022 at 8 a.m.​

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • There are a limited number of TNR Vouchers available each day.

  • TNR Vouchers are issued randomly each day--between 8AM and 9PM.

  • Once a Profile is created in the WebPortal​, you must scroll down to the "Available Programs" section to check the status of the Community Cat's Profile.

    • If there are no TNR Vouchers available, the “Unowned Feral Cat" profile status will be in RED and read "NOT AVAILABLE."  This means that the Community Cat's information has been received in the WebPortal, but you still need to apply for the TNR Voucher.  We recommend that you log-in periodically throughout the day to check the status.

    • If TNR Vouchers are available, the status will be in BLUE and read "ENROLL IN TNR."

  • Your TNR Voucher will expire after 30 days.

  • It is your responsibility to contact one of the listed TNR Providers and inquire as to their TNR drop-off and surgery schedule.


Return-To-Field

Return-to-Field (RTF) ensures that all healthy Community Cats who enter our Adoption Center will be sterilized, vaccinated for rabies and placed back into the neighborhoods in which they were found.

Most community cats exhibit wild, shy or frightened behavior, and it's impossible to predict how or if they will ever acclimate to indoor life and the consistent presence of humans. When properly cared for, community cats are happier outdoors in their own territory. Some community cats are actually stray cats who don't exhibit feral behaviors but rather are friendly and enjoy interaction with humans. These cats were likely once owned or have a caretaker who frequently cares for and interacts with them. Even though they might encourage petting or follow you around, they could likely be inadequately prepared for adoption and an indoor life. ​

Returning sterilized cats helps keep new cats from entering a community and helps to reduce nuisance behaviors. The program's goal is to reduce the number of outdoor cats over time through sterilization.

Residents who wish to deter cats from their property or yard may incorporate some simple solutions to common cat problems.


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