Spay / Neuter Surgical Center – SOS or TNR Program

What is TNR?

TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release) is a method of spay/neuter for outdoor, feral cats.  The York County SPCA’s TNR program is called SOS (Spay Our Strays). Outdoor, feral cats rapidly reproduce causing an overflow in our community and in our shelter.  Participating in TNR is a great way to manage feral cats and feral cat colonies.

What is the Process?

Call our program coordinator at (717)764-6109 ext 125 to make an appointment for surgery.

  • Walk-ins accepted 8 a.m. until 9 a.m. Monday, & Thursday . They will be considered back-ups and we prefer only one back-up per client. Cats eligible for this program must be in a humane trap not a carrier.

Trap the cat(s) and bring them to us.

  • For the safety of the cat (and our staff), all cats must come in a humane, live-release trap. York County SPCA has traps available to rent for a $50 refundable deposit.
  • Always provide fresh water for cats regardless of age.
  • Always cover the trap with a sheet, towel or blanket.  This provides a much needed sense of security for the cat during transport.
  • Make sure the trap is set in a safe place where the cat cannot be affected by inclement weather.

All patients will receive a spay/neuter surgery and rabies vaccination

  • Cats’ left ears will be tipped for future identification.
  • Cats’ will also receive a green scoring tattoo
  • Cats’ that test positive for FELV will be humanely euthanized.
  • You may opt for additional vaccines, flea treatment and parasite treatment. This may be discussed when the animal is dropped off.

Most times, your cat will be available for pick up on the same day.  However, there may be times when the cat will stay overnight.  Our staff will inform you when to return to retrieve the cat.  A cat that arrived in a trap will not be transferred to a carrier at pick up. It is very important that the cat is kept safe and dry inside the trap at least overnight prior to releasing.  Ideally and if possible, you should not release the cat for 24 hours.  This will give the cat time to better recover from surgery.  You may also want to refrain from releasing the cat during inclement weather such as rain or snow so the surgical site can stay dry.

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