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The Trap-Neuter-Return program, or TNR, is an effective and humane method used to stabilize community cat populations. Over time the stabilized population declines resulting in the humane reduction in free roaming cat populations. The TNR program is available free of charge to all Miami-Dade County residents. 

The TNR service includes:

  • Sterilization
  • Rabies vaccine
  • FRCPC (feline booster shot)
  • Delivery back to the community

All healthy community cats are eligible candidates for TNR. Cats that are injured or diseased are not returned back into the community. A small portion, 1 cm., of the tip of the left ear is removed to provide visual confirmation that they have been sterilized and returned to their community.

Cat traps may be rented from Miami-Dade County Animal Services and must be picked up and set up by the resident. A $50 refundable deposit is required and must be paid by cash, credit card or check. The $50 refundable deposit will be held for 10 days. Customers who do not return the cat traps within 10 days forfeit the deposit.

Animal Services does not pick up cats in traps. Residents must take the trapped cat to the shelter.

Cat Trapping Tips

Below are a few tips on trapping community cats.

  • You may have more success trapping if you withhold food 24-36 hours prior to trapping and then trap at the usual feeding times.
  • Place a thin layer of paper in the trap if the wind is not too strong to move the paper around.
  • Place the bait, usually canned cat food or tuna fish, into the far back of the cage and secure the door with the clip.
  • Place the cage in an area where stray cats are often observed.
  • Place the cage on a level surface. If placing on grass and soil make sure the door will close completely.
  • After setting the cage, it maybe helpful to place a sheet or pillow case over the cage.
  • Cats often venture into enclosed areas.
  • Remove yourself from the immediate area.
  • Check the cage as often as possible. It is not recommended to leave the traps unobserved for any length of time.
  • After the cat has been caught, completely cover the cage with a sheet or a large pillow case. This helps to calm the cat.
  • Please do not allow children or pets near the cage.
  • Place the cat in a protected area where the elements will not harm the cat and transport it to Miami-Dade Animal Services as soon as possible.
  • When transporting the cat in a car, place a trash bag or tarp under the cage. Keep the cage covered. Do not transport the cat in the closed trunk of the car or in the back of an open pick-up truck.

TNR Hours

Cats may be presented for TNR at the Animal Services Department seven days a week, Monday - Sunday, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. No appointment is required. The TNR office is closed on all Miami-Dade County holidays.


If you have any questions about this program, check out the TNR FAQs page.

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