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  • 1.  Stray RTF?

    Posted 08-12-2021 06:28 PM

    I have tried searching under a few things but apparently do not have the correct verbiage. I want to know a few things from shelters who are already doing Stray RTF.

    1. When you started S/N/V cats who are strays and return them to where they came from, did you do any media releases, social media posts, etc before you began this practice?
    2. What messaging did you put on your stray/unowned contracts that states the cat may be returned to where it came from?
    3. Do you have some kind of profile for people to fill out for these cats that really narrows in on the location where they were picked up?

    Thank you so much!

    Kimberly Jones
    Humane Society of Washington County


  • 2.  RE: Stray RTF?

    Posted 08-12-2021 09:23 PM


    Sounds like you are looking to start a trap (or shelter)-neuter-vaccinate-return program? 
    May be useful to search by SNR, TNR, SNVR or TNVR if so.

    Check this out:

    Neighborhood Cats TNR Handbook 2nd edition
    Community development techniques starts on page 22.
    We're Helping Outdoor Cats door hanger:
    Feeding Cats door hanger:
    Feral Cat Control Program:
    What are Community Cats flyer:

    IMHO, Absolutely a good idea to have both individual conversations with the neighbors (canvassing) before cats are released and do a larger community campaign around your program in both social media and traditional media outlets after you gain community level support.

    Forum, suggestions for above and questions 2 and 3? thx!!!

    Thank you all for all you do!

    Amber Freiwald
    Maddie's Fund

  • 3.  RE: Stray RTF?

    Posted 08-13-2021 08:56 AM
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    Hi Kimberly,

    I attached a model Intake Form for community cats that should help you gather important information to determine the return parameters. It also includes language on the cat being returned to its outdoor home / found location.

    Monica Frenden
    American Pets Alive