We Need Your Voice!

Cats need your help! You may have read that the City of Los Angeles is considering a new proposal to implement a Citywide Cat Program that would provide funding and support to community groups that engage in spay/neuter, trap/neuter/return (TNR), education about community cats, and outreach programs for cats.

The final decision to approve the program or not, is pending an Environmental Impact Report (EIR), which is in process now, and includes an opportunity for public comment. There are some powerful and well-funded groups that are opposed to the implementation of this type of cat program which is why we need your voice to be heard in support of the "Cat Program".

Please take a few moments to email the City of Los Angeles telling them that you support the 2017 Citywide Cat Program.

We Need Your Voice! || LA Citywide Cat Program


If you’re new to colony care and trapping, Stray Cat Alliance can help. Please contact us. We provide humane traps and training on all aspects of trapping for the purposes of TNR for people in southern California. We will help anyone anywhere with advice, however. We don’t lend traps unless you are going to do the right thing and that never includes the pound. Traps are expensive, so we ask for a refundable security deposit if you’ll help with this all-important, ongoing project we call TNR.

The above video shows a demonstration of setting a trap. Also visit and read the links at the bottom of this page.

Trapping with an experienced trapper is always best until you learn the ropes.

Figure on one trap per cat and a few extras…just in case. Do not plan to utilize tranquilizing medications, either oral or in dart or injection form, to speed this process along. It’s too risky and unnecessary.

In the meantime, before you trap, ensure that the cats are fed and given clean water regularly. Establish a routine. When caring for a community cat colony, try to feed the cats at the same time every day. You’ll notice how the cats associate you and your car and soon, they’ll begin showing up. You can also encourage them by using a distinctive whistle or a dog training clicker at each feeding. Cats with an ear tip clipped are already altered.

Important: If at all possible, cats shouldn’t eat for 12 hours before surgery, so discuss this with your veterinarian. Cats will be hungry and more willing to go into the traps for food. Plan trapping so the cats only stay in the traps overnight before surgery. It will be stressful for them—and for you because you care about them—but remember you’re providing an invaluable service.

Read on:

So you’ve assumed responsibility for a community cat colony. You want to get the cats vaccinated and fixed. Great! You’ll need these supplies first:

  • Traps (See more below.)
  • Newspaper Can opener
  • Catnip to enhance bait
  • Plastic spoons or forks
  • Bait, a.k.a., food: Canned mackerel is a favorite. Take a lid or foil for already-open cans.
  • Flashlight if trapping at night: That’s when you will usually trap.
  • Rubber and work gloves
  • Water and snacks for trappers
  • Paper towels, pre-moistened wipes for hands or spills
  • Towels or fabric for covering traps
  • Masking tape to mark traps, covers or to tape down newspapers; marker
  • Food and water to leave for cats to be trapped
  • Zip ties or twist ties
  • Binoculars
  • Trash bags
  • Cat carrier
  • Canvas garden bag with outside pockets; easily carried in one hand