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Getting Started

  1. Find a place for TNR. It can take several weeks to get a TNR appointment, so do this as soon as possible. In San Jose, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Milpitas and Saratoga email for appointment slots at San Jose Animal Care Center. You will be approved for a certain number of TNR slots per week and you can bring in cats Sun - Thurs from 8-3 pm. They will keep the cats 24 hours while they recover, then they can be immediately released. For other areas, check out the TNR section. Kittens and pregnant, sick or injured cats are accepted at any time.
  2. Borrow a trap. Check out Trap Rentals or contact me for more suggestions. Trap train while waiting for your appointment, zip tie open the trap so it doesn't trap a cat, and start feeding the cat out of the trap. This will get the cats familiar with the trap.
  3. Learn to trap. Read over the Trapping page for tips, and follow the steps below:
  4. Trap the cats. Withold food 12-24 hours before trapping. SJACC will hold the cats for recovery and adopt out kittens or friendly cats.

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Alley Cats Feral Friends Network

Visit Alley Cats Feral Friends Network and check off what you need help with, including: Trap-Neuter-Return Assistance, Trap Rentals, and Veterinary Assistance. You will receive an email with a list of phone numbers and email addresses for people, vets, and rescues in your area.

Cat Resource Center

Fill out the Assistance Request Form, which will email volunteers in the area who can help you figure out what to do. This is a good resource if you have kittens in your yard / neighborhood.

13th Street Cats

Here is a guide on TNR. They can be contacted for help with trapping at 408-566-3637 or


At the moment, many TNR programs are closed and the county programs in connection with vet clinics have lost funding. There are still options:

Renting traps

Submit this form and select “Trap Rentals” if you want to receive an email with a list of contacts in your area who have traps available. On this list are individuals, as well as organizations such as:


Take kittens to San Jose Animal Care Center (SJACC) if found in San Jose, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Milpitas and Saratoga. These kittens are almost always taken in by rescues like Nine Lives, 13th Street Cats, IBOK, Dancing Cat, and others. Check with your local shelter on the policy of found kittens. Kittens should be taken away for socialization at 4-6 weeks, or earlier if sick or in unsafe conditions.