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Community Cats

Community Cats are cats who are not tame and are afraid of people (feral cats) or cats who are friendly but don't seem to have a human caretaker.

Community Cats are everyone’s responsibility. This Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) program helps control our animal population and is free to you!

Carefully trap your local un-owned cat(s) and bring them to our shelter during regular business hours. We’ll spay or neuter the cat(s) at no cost to you. You’ll pick them up after surgery and re-release them back into your community where they can no longer reproduce.

No appointment is required but we’d love a heads-up when you’re on your way.

Community Cat Update

Due to lack of space, we are unable to accept healthy community cats at this time. If you have trapped cats that are not friendly or handleable, please contact Forgotten Felines: (707) 576-7999 or info@forgottenfelines.com. If you have trapped cats that are sick or injured, please call our main line at (707) 565-7100.

How to Qualify

  1. Be a Sonoma County resident.
  2. Be able to trap your local Community Cat(s). Need help trapping? Call our partners at Forgotten Felines.
  3. Be able to pick-up and re-release Community Cat(s) following spay or neuter surgery.

How to Apply

Visit or call during normal business hours.Call (707) 565-7100 during regular shelter hours to make the next available appointment.

Co-pay Fees

There is no co-pay for this program. 


Please contact us at (707) 565-7100 or email theanimalshelter@sonoma-county.org.

Learn more about Trap-Neuter-Release.

Listen to our Jingle!

Our radio ad encourages pet owners to spay or neuter their pets.

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Contact Information

Business Hours
*Dispatch Hours 8:00–5:30
Closed to public
Tuesday – Saturday
Adoption and Shelter Hours by Appointment Only
Phones 9:00AM to 5:30PM
*Dispatch Hours 8:00–5:30

*Dispatch is unable to answer financial questions. For assistance regarding licensing, billing and collection proceedings, please call during our phone hours to speak with customer relations staff. Due to high call volumes, there may be longer hold times; we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Sonoma County Animal Services
1247 Century Ct
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

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