Spay Arkansas is the best option for feral cat TNR (trap/neuter/return) efforts in northwest Arkansas.
Feral cats have an uphill battle since most of our local shelters simply do not have the staffing or finances to deal with feral cat colonies. Most community shelters do not accept unadoptable cats when there are so many adoptable cats in need of their help.
In the event a feral cat is captured by animal control or a private citizen and surrendered to a shelter, it is often euthanized immediately.
Private rescue groups sometimes offer help with small colonies of feral cats. Many private vets are unwilling to offer spay and neuter services for feral cats because of the difficulty in handling the animals. The team at Spay Arkansas has handled hundreds of these animals and offers low cost solutions for feral cat management.
Our standard fee of $35 per cat (male or female, includes rabies vaccine) is usually reserved for clients who qualify for this subsidized price based on low income. However, for feral cat trappers, Spay Arkansas will waive the income restrictions. Ear tipping is offered free of charge at your request.
What does ear tipping involve? Ear tipping is when a small piece of the left ear is removed during surgery. This is the universal identifier to let people know the cat has already been spayed or neutered. While the cat is under anesthesia, the ear is clamped and treated with styptic powder so it rapidly forms a clean scab. It often heals even more quickly than the spay or neuter incision does and it will prevent the cat from being given unnecessary surgery if it is ever trapped again.
Thanks to private donations, we are occasionally able to offer even lower prices to encourage TNR efforts. To ensure that these limited special funds are used for their intended purpose, we sometimes have additional requirements on certain clinic days. For instance, we might require feral cats to be brought in traps rather than carriers and require the client to consent to ear tipping in order to qualify for the special rate.
We prefer feral cats to be returned to the area they were trapped in, not relocated elsewhere. When cats are trapped and removed from an area, a "vacuum effect" occurs and new unaltered cats move into the recently vacated territory. So by releasing altered cats back into their original territory, you will prevent others from moving in and reproducing there.
Traps are available to borrow from our clinic for a $70 deposit per trap. For deposits only, we can accept checks instead of cash. The trap should be returned, clean and undamaged, within two weeks and at that time your voided check will be returned to you. We are happy to give demonstrations and helpful tips if you have not used a trap before. If you have not caught a cat in two weeks then we will help you figure out how your trapping attempts are not going quite as you would have liked.
Please check our scheduled clinic dates and contact us to let us know how many cats you estimate you will bring BEFORE you begin trapping, to make sure we will be open the next day! We cannot do the surgery if the cat has eaten that day, so trap the night before if possible and drop off early in the morning. Our clinic dates are posted here. Feral cats often panic when trapped, and they could end up severely hurting themselves while trying to escape the trap, so it is not safe to keep feral cats in traps longer than absolutely necessary. However, you should avoid releasing unaltered cats from a trap, because once they have been captured, they are not likely to step into a trap ever again! NOTE: If nursing mothers are released unaltered, they are unlikely to be trapped again and they will go into heat again before weaning their current litter.
For more information about how to help feral cats and for trapping tips, please visit the web site of Alley Cat Allies at