Feral cats are spayed or neutered to:

  • improve quality of life
  • reduce number of feral cats euthanized
  • reduce or eliminate feral cat colonies through attrition

How the Program Works

  • The spay/neuter clinic (see information below) is for cats in colonies being managed by colony caretakers.
  • The colony must be registered with Toronto Animal Services and caretaker must complete a half day Trap, Neuter & Return workshop offered by Community Cats Toronto.
  • Fill out waiver and consent form.
  • A City staff member visits new colonies.
  • Surgery dates can be booked after colony visit by calling 416-338-6281.
  • Caretakers trap the cats and bring to shelter for surgery and an ear tip (so they can be identified later).
  • Cats returned to original colony by caretakers after recovering from surgery (usually 24 to 48 hours).
  • More than 5,000 cats have been spayed or neutered since the program began.

Toronto Animal Services is a member of the Toronto Feral Cat Coalition. This group has a mandate to:

  • help reduce feral cat over-population through TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) and accessible spay/neuter clinics
  • educate and build awareness among cat owners and caregivers about the many resources available for TNR and colony management in Toronto.
  • support the ongoing welfare of Toronto’s colonies