The safest and best way to immobilize and anesthetize stray and feral community cats is to confine them within a humane wire trap.
All cats that are brought to an Operation Catnip (OC) Spay Day clinic must be transported in wire traps. OC maintains approximately 700 humane traps that caregivers can borrow, and managing the inventory is crucial to the success of our clinics.
Caregivers reserve traps when they make clinic reservations. The number of traps loaned for each clinic is typically less than the number of reservations, allowing for a small percentage of cats that can’t be trapped. Caregivers are encouraged to consider this when requesting traps. The maximum number of traps allowed per caregiver is 10. Special approval may be granted for additional traps on a case-by case-basis.
Trap Distribution and Return
Each trap costs approximately $70, and caregivers are required to sign a Trap Loan Agreement, and leave a security deposit when they pick up traps. Each trap is numbered, and all traps must be returned within one week of the clinic date.
- Trap pickups are recorded on the Clinic Reservations Log,
- The security deposit is collected and noted on the Trap Loan Agreement along with the trap numbers.
- The security deposit is returned and noted on the Trap Loan Agreement when traps are brought back.
One week after each clinic, trap agreements are reviewed, and the inventory is counted. Traps on hand plus those still out on loan should equal the total number of traps maintained.
- Any caregiver who has not returned traps is asked to bring them back to avoid losing their deposit.
- If a trap is lost, volunteers will look for it at future clinics, but if it is not found, or if it is destroyed, the caregiver will be asked to surrender their deposit.
- If a caregiver is unable to keep their clinic reservation, they are asked to return any traps they have borrowed. Their deposit is returned, and they can reserve traps again when the make a new clinic reservation.
Traps are routinely checked for needed repairs and maintenance. Occasionally, a trap is destroyed. If that happens, the caregiver who borrowed it is asked to return the trap and all recoverable parts. Usable parts are harvested for general repair and reuse. When new traps are needed, the leadership team is notified, and enough traps are purchased to maintain an adequate inventory level.