Although the High Plateau Humane Society does not have a formal feral cat program, we do offer the following services:
FERAL CAT SPAY AND NEUTER VOUCHERS: Our feral cat voucher program is the best deal you can get in Modoc County for getting the ferals in your area altered. Just $50 covers not only the spay or neuter procedure, but also a rabies shot, an FVRCP shot, and treatment for minor scrapes and gashes. Procedures that would normally cost $111 for a male and $166 for a female cat. It also covers complicated spays or neuters, which can add up to $243 MORE per cat! So, even if the cat is in heat, pregnant or cryptorchid (where the testies are not in their normal position) the voucher covers it.
This program is available to everyone, regardless of income. Some free vouchers may even be available for severely low income persons when our funding allows.
To use this program, the cat must be healthy, at least
2 pounds in weight, and delivered to the Veterinary Center
in a Have-A-Heart style feral cat trap. The cat will have its ear
tipped during this procedure so it will be clear it has been altered.
This prevents someone from trying to catch it again for alteration, and is a
mandatory condition of the program. Please note this program is NOT for
HAVE-A-HEART TRAP LENDING PROGRAM: We have a number of live cat traps
available for you to borrow. Just stop by the Second Chance Thrift Store
at 114 East First Street in Alturas to sign up for one. Our traps are
not to be used to catch cats for euthanasia unless the cat is sick or severely
hurt. They are only to be used to catch, alter and release feral cats to
a safe location where they can live out their life.
LOW COST EUTHANASIA: Many feral cats in the area are very sick and you
might occasionally find a severely injured one as well. We can help you
help that cat through our low cost euthanasia certificate. This
certificate costs $25 per animal and is available to everyone,
regardless of income, when it is used to put down a feral cat that is
suffering. This is about half the normal cost of euthanasia.
Please note, the Veterinary Center will NOT honor this voucher for healthy
FREE TRAINING ON HOW TO CATCH A FERAL CAT AND KITTENS. If you have never caught a cat or kitten in a Have-A-Heart trap, just ask for a demonstration when you pick up the trap! Here are some tricks:
Adult Cats: Bait the trap with sardines, tuna or Frisky's canned cat food, and set it up where the cats normally eat. Do not leave other food out while you are trapping. If you don't catch them on the first night, try propping the cage open with a plastic bottle and leaving food in the trap for a few nights so they get used to going in and out without a problem. Then, set the trap again. If you have skunks in your area, set the trap during the day NOT at night.
Kittens: Live traps can kill kittens, so they cannot be used in "automatic" mode (where the kitten's weight activates the trap) unless there is only ONE kitten in the area. Kittens tend to follow each other into the trap and if one is lagging when the other trips the trap, the door can crash down on the kitten in the entryway. So, if you have more than one kitten (as you usually will), you have to manually trip the trap. Do this by propping open the trap with a plastic bottle that is tied at the neck with a string. Run the string out to a location behind a tree, or into your house where you can comfortably sit to watch the trap. When a kitten goes inside, and no kitten is in the way of the door, pull the string to trip the trap. Don't worry about scaring the other kittens that are outside the trap, they will come around again when the trap is reset. As with the adult cats, you may need to prop open the trap door with a plastic bottle and leave it with food inside for a few nights before you try to trip the trap to overcome the kitten's initial fear of the trap.
Cover Trap: Once you have trapped a cat or kitten, cover the trap with
an old sheet or towel to keep them calm. They are likely to tear
up the covering, so don't use anything new. However, everyone will be
better off if the cat can be kept as calm as possible while waiting for their
BARN CAT PROGRAM: Want to add a feral cat to your property to do some
mousing? Or, do you have a feral cat or two that you want to relocate
off your property? Email us at HPHS@Ymail.com with your name,
address, phone number and the number of cats you either want to have or
want to relocate, and we will publish your interest on our website!
Anyone taking in a Barn Cat that we publish on our website can get 50% off our
Feral Cat Vouchers!
WANT TO BUILD A WINTER SHELTER FOR A FERAL CAT? Visit neighborhoodcats.org where you will find ideas and instructions for a wide variety of DIY shelters.