(1) Beginning Contact
We begin any connection with the requirement of filling out our Caregiver Form
Before we can go in and assess any colony, we need to know who to be in contact with. This does not have to be a single person, it can be a couple of people, but these are our frontline of the operation.
Caregivers will be with the ferals before, during the trapping and after to help nurture and provide free roaming felines with the best life they can have.
Once we have the caregiver form and have it logged, we will arrange a meeting. We need to be able to come out and talk with the caregiver, assess the situation and plan on where things will occur and how after the trapping will be handled.
Once we have agreed and made the official acceptance of a caregiver and the ferals into our program, trapping will begin.
With trapping, it can be fashioned in two ways!
We will be assisting personally with colonies, setting up trapping days and alerting to the nearby members of the community about our intentions. Our trapping will be centered around predictable, planned out feeding times and prior to trapping, food will be withheld 24 hours.
Hungry cats are easier to trap, and they will be brought immediately upon trapping to a nearby veterinary facility.
We will be operating on a volunteer basis, and will be actively communicating through e-mail with all trappers/volunteers with our intentions.
Who else can trap?
We allow anyone once they are accepted into the program to be able to trap. Including caregivers themselves who believe they may be able to seize the cats while we are unavailable. Trapping on this effort can be performed at any time of day on the weekdays, and the cat can be brought to the nearby veterinary care facility.
HOWEVER, if you are apart of our program, regardless, you are required to send us a message. We keep all feral cats on record, photographed. We cannot have random people dropping felines off to the clinics claiming to be a part of our group, therefore contact must be made as soon as possible – whether it is a message left or an email sent.
There is an approved form you must request that can be e-mailed ahead of time to the veterinary facility when an unplanned drop off may be occurring from our normal operations.
This form is person specific, and you will be required to show ID of some sort to confirm the name that will be on the paper. It is case-based, and therefore you must constantly contact for forms during every trapping session.
The form will be good for  week once requested.
For Example: A form requested by a caregiver assuming the ability to trap during that week and go in with the cat at any time the veterinary facility is open.
Operations will be performed as soon as a time space is available at the veterinary clinic, and most often will be left for half a day minimum for observation. At this time, the cat will be well looked after and health assessed.
Once the trapped feline has regained its wits, it will be either returned to the colony or if deemed friendly enough for adoption placed in a shelter or a wait list. This often is dependent on when the operation was done and the size/normal energy level and overall health of the cat.