Fix Me TNR Clinics
The Coalition provides regularly scheduled Fix Me mass TNR clinics through the generous support of donors, volunteers, and partner veterinarians. The program is designed to introduce and familiarize caretakers, trappers, and veterinary hospital staff on trapping, handling and caring for community cats. The large clinics take care of an average 100 cats in one day. All clinics are staffed solely by medical and non-medical volunteers in our community. Check out our volunteer opportunities to sign up to help.
How the Fix Me TNR Clinics Work
Our mission is to serve outdoor, free-roaming, (feral) community cats, therefore pet cats cannot be accepted in the clinics.
Caretakers must fill out a TNR Request via the web form and work with a coordinator prior to the clinic for scheduling. If you cannot fill out the form online, please contact us to make arrangements. Check the calendar for upcoming clinics.
Trapping and Preparation
All cats must be delivered in fully covered individual humane traps (one cat per trap) the morning of the clinic. No cats in carriers, airline-type plastic pet carriers, dog crates, cardboard carriers, boxes, or makeshift carriers will be accepted. For their safety and to minimize fear, transport cats in a covered vehicle. It is suggested that you do not stack cats as they might urinate through the traps onto each other. Please fill out the TNR Assistance Request form for help with traps or trapping. We also provide free trapping workshops and training for caretakers.
Cats should not be fed after midnight the day before the clinic.
Caretakers are responsible for dropping off and picking up the cats from the clinic. After surgery, cats should be kept in their traps in a dark, quiet, sheltered location like a garage or basement to recover. They can be released back to their outdoor homes the following day.
Mother Cats & Kittens
Nursing cats will be moved to the front of the line for surgery in order to be picked up and released as soon as possible. Caretakers are responsible for picking up nursing cats as soon as the clinic notifies them that they are ready. Although every attempt is made to have groups of cats ready at the same time as a nursing cat, sometimes this is not possible and the caretaker may have to make several pickups.
Cats that are in heat may be spayed.
Generally kittens must weigh at least two pounds in order to be spayed/neutered. We try to place kittens that are young enough to be socialized with partner rescue groups for adoption.
All Fix Me cats receive the following services:
Spay / neuter
Cats will be anesthetized and surgically sterilized. After surgery, the cats will be returned to their caretaker the same day for release as indicated on the discharge sheet.
The tip of the left ear will be clipped on all cats to identify it as a sterile community cat. No exceptions.
Loudoun County cats will be microchipped. This info is provided to Loudoun County Animal Services so that the cat can be returned to its caretaker if it is brought to a shelter.
Rabies and distemper vaccination
We cannot provide vaccine-only services at the clinics. Cats will NOT be tested for Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV).
Cats will receive flea, tick, and parasite treatment.
Antibiotics if needed
Minor medical issues will be assessed and if possible treated. The caretaker will be informed if there is a medical issue that needs to be addressed by them outside of the clinic.
Watch this time lapse video to see a clinic in action: