IMPORTANT NOTICE: Until at least February 15, PALS will not be trapping cats in or around San Marcos or anywhere else in Hays County. We will not be taking in strays, abandoned cats, found kittens, or abandoned kittens. No new arrangements or appointments will be made until further notice.
Please contact the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter if you need help with feral, abandoned, or found cats or kittens.
Unless you have previously made arrangements with PALS volunteers for trapping of specific cats, anyone you see or who contacts you about trapping or rescuing cats is NOT affiliated with PALS and we cannot be responsible for any cats they trap or any liability therefore associated with these persons.
If you would like to see PALS continue our feral cat and foster cat programs, donate today. You can then choose TNRM as the designation for your charitable donation.
It's common to find kittens that have been born to a stray or unowned cat. What’s the best course of action to take care of these young lives?
First of all, young kittens are always better off with their mother until about five weeks old, so if you see kittens without their mother, observe from a distance and wait at least four to six hours to allow their mother to come back.
If you’re sure that the kittens are without their mom, there are steps to take, depending on the age of the kittens and whether the mother is tame or feral. Austin Pets Alive has a good guide on their website for assessing the situation and taking appropriate steps.
Animal shelters and rescue groups can do some, but there is a lot that individuals can do to help find kittens good homes. Read on to find out more....
Trap-Neuter-Return-Maintain (TNRM) is the only humane method of controlling the feral cat population. TNRM spares the lives of free-roaming cats, whether they are feral, stray or abandoned. Cats are trapped humanely, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and then returned to their outdoor homes. During surgery, the cats’ left ears are tipped so that they can easily be recognized as having been spayed/neutered. Back in their colonies, the cats live healthier lives, the smells and noise associated with mating disappear, there are no more litters, and the colony numbers naturally reduce over time.
To learn more about feral cats, please visit Alley Cat Allies
*The above is not an exhaustive list. For additional clinics, Google your town or zip code along with “Low cost neuter clinic”
If a household has more than three feral cats, it's best to fix the cats at the Austin Humane Society. Their services are $20 per cat to all in Central Texas and they can do large numbers at a time. On the Austin Humane Society website they have the contact for their feral cat person and appointments. They loan traps, too. http://www.austinhumanesociety.org/ferals
Best plan of action is to start fixing the non-nursing females, then males, then other moms when they're almost done nursing. Kittens can get fixed as young as 3 pounds or 4 months old. And they can get pregnant as young as 4 months old, so don't wait!
Consider volunteering to help Community Cats. Fostering kittens, trapping and transporting cats, or providing a garage for staging cats are all ways to help.
It's a team effort, and TNRM makes a real difference in the lives of unowned cats and kittens.
PALS can only directly assist feral cats in San Marcos. PALS can train you on how to safely use a trap, and we loan out Tru-catch humane traps when we have them on hand. We ask for a refundable deposit on traps since they cost $75 each.The deposit is $50 for each trap. We hold the check until the traps are returned, and we would never deposit the check unless multiple attempts to get the traps returned went unanswered.
Due to increased demand for our services, very limited funds and very few volunteers to do trapping, we can only do very limited trapping of cats for San Marcos resident cats. Contact PALS TNRM Coordinator, Sonja Truan, for details.
Email volunteer Sonja Truan for assistance with borrowing traps. Please refer all other questions to the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter or the organizations mentioned above that provide free and low-cost spay/neuter services for feral cats.
Thank your elected officials for supporting PALS, and encourage them to provide greater funding to programs that fix and protect feral cats.
Section 6.017 of the City Code spells out the Feral cat management policies for San Marcos, Texas.