Trap, Neuter & Return Program

Trap, Neuter & Return Program

What’s new for street cats in Hamilton and the HBSPCA?

Working with colony caregivers, other volunteers and street cat champions, the HBSPCA will help coordinate access to spay/neuter services for street cats and resources to support colony caregivers in Hamilton. The HBSPCA will continue to provide access to affordable spay/neuter services for colony cats at participating veterinary clinics or on site at the shelter.

Other changes afoot include

  • Working with registered colony caregivers who are committed to supporting colony cats
  • Ensuring an approach  to spay/neutering street cats colony by colony so that a real difference can be made for the health of street cats and managing population
  • Tracking registered colonies to measure change over time and how altering street cats is making a difference.

TNR-What you need to know

There are many colony cats or street cats in our community. These community street cats or stray cats live outside, most often with the assistance of neighbourhood caregivers. The caregivers ensure fresh water, food and reasonable outdoor shelter are available to the cats.

For information about TNR, please download What is TNR

What cats are eligible for TNR?

  • Cats which are un-owned or stray and living outside
  • Cats in a colony of 3 cats or more
  • Cats must have a caregiver committed to caregiver guidelines

What does it mean to be a colony caregiver?

Colony caregivers provide regular care to unowned or stray cats living outside.

Regular care requirements include:

    • Adequate shelter is available for the cats
    • Food and fresh water are provided to the cats on a daily schedule and the feeding area is kept clean
    • Food dishes are removed within 30 minutes of feeding to ensure wildlife (i.e. skunks) are not encouraged to enter the location, putting the animals at risk
    • Cats are protected from harm. No cat is removed from the colony or given to someone who may cause harm, injury, or death to the cat
    • An alternate caregiver is appointed in the caregiver’s absence
    • Caregivers consent to twice yearly/periodic site checks by HBSPCA or City of Hamilton staff to ensure all guidelines are being met

For more information about TNR services, please download Trapping Colony Cats-what caregivers and volunteers need to know

So you’re ready to be a Colony Caregiver. Here’s what’s next:

  • Complete and send in a Caregiver Application
  • Applications will be reviewed by the HBSPCA and must be supported by Hamilton Animal Services
  • Successful applicants will then be contacted for a brief consultation and site check
  • Once the application process is completed and the applicant is successful surgery dates will be given

Program Fee of $45 for each cat includes: Spay/Neuter, Rabies, Revolution, Eclipse 3, Left Ear tipped and micro-chipped (registered to the colony caregiver)


Please Note: This is a high in demand program. The HBSPCA has many active colonies currently being supported by our TNR Program. New applicants will be reviewed and approved as we continue to support our active caregiver needs. We appreciate your patience with this process.

If you have less than 3 cats, we invite you to consider the Community Assistance Program (CAP)and whether it meets your needs.


TNR 101 – A great chance to learn more!

Join the HBSPCA and Hamilton Community Cat Network for a TNR 101 Workshop on Wednesday  October 17th at 5:30pm

Learn about community cats, how TNR works, the health benefits of TNR, colony management and more!

There will be a trap demonstration. – RSVP to Michelle at

Shelter Building – Keep your community cats warm this winter

Caring for community cats? Need to provide shelter ? Join Hamilton Community Cats and the Hamilton/Burlington SPCA for a Shelter Building Workshop

When: Saturday October 20 at 11am
Where: HBSPCA – 245 Dartnall Rd

You bring 2 Rubbermaid Bins. One large one, roughly 136 Litres and one smaller one, roughly 79 Litres. You want your smaller bin to be able to fit inside your larger bin. You will also need to bring a piece of thin Styrofoam that will fit into the bottom of your large bin. The HBSPCA will provide the straw, instructions and all cutting materials. Coffee and Tea will be available as well as the chance to connect with other cat caregivers.

Don’t need a shelter but want to help? Feel free to come out and build a shelter to be given to another Community Cat Caregiver.

Can’t attend but want to help? Donations of Rubbermaid Bins can be dropped off at the HBSPCA and will be provided to fellow Community Cat Caregivers.

Please RSVP to Michelle at