Programs & Services

Community Outreach
TNR Classes: We offer 3-4 free classes a month on how to trap cats safely, indepth instruction on the TNR method – how and why it works to reduce outside cat populations, how to solve cat nuisance problems, and laws covering the care and feeding of outside cats. You will receive a helpful handout with community resources, spay/neuter clinic information, recovery protocols, and more. Once you have attended our 2-hour training class you are eligible for free trap loans and low cost spay/neuter services for life! Registration is not required. Check our web site for the schedule of classes to find one near you.  2017: 603 people were trained.                                                                                Events:  We have a large tent and a wrapped van that draws attention for tabling events. 2017: SAFCC participated in 14 events, distributing literature and talking to people about TNR.                                                                                       Presentations:  Advocacy is a big part of our mission. We welcome invitations to speak at HOA meetings, City Council Meetings, or any group that would like to know about TNR and how we can help. 

Trap Loan Program
Traps are loaned for free with a refundable deposit.  The class is a requirement as it teaches you how to safely trap cats – for them and you! There are “tricks of the trade” that are also shared in class which will help with difficult-to-trap cats. Pre and post op instructions are  given which ensures a successful recovery. There is a $70 deposit per trap which is refunded when the trap is returned clean. We accept cash or checks for deposit. The loan period is 2 weeks but an extension can be given up to 1 month. The limit is 3 traps per person. Traps can be obtained by calling our Helpline (below) New traps are available to purchase for $70.  2016: 825 traps were loaned.

Helpline (210) 877-9067
Our Helpline is dedicated to helping people with outside cat problems, questions, or issues. You can leave a message 24/7 and one of our volunteers will return your call. We make every effort to return calls within 24 hours. For this reason, it should not be used to report emergencies. We answer questions and refer callers to appropriate resources as needed. We are always looking for new Helpline Volunteers who share our same interest in helping outside cats and can spare 1/2 a day a week to call people back. Training provided!  2016: 2,753 calls were returned, averaging 229/month.

Spay/Neuter Subsidy Program
SAFCC subsidizes every cat brought in by our trained trappers. We do this so the cost to the trapper is only $20 per cat. An additional fee of $25 is assessed for cats over 45 days pregnant. We pay this fee as well so as not to deter trappers from trapping cats that look pregnant. We currently subsidize the San Antonio Humane Society, the Animal Defense League, and the Brooks Spay and Neuter Clinic. To receive this discounted rate, you must attend our TNR Class.  2016: 1,829 cats were subsidized through this program, which cost $40,190.

Adoption Program
We have a small, foster-based adoption program, operating out of 4 Petco stores: 1211 Austin Hwy in 78209,  12651 Vance Jackson in 78230, 125 NW Loop 410 in 78216 and 23014 US Hwy 281 N in 78258. Kittens and friendly strays come from Helpline calls and TNR projects.  We are always looking for Petco volunteers and fosters. 2016: 377 cats & kittens were removed from the streets and placed for adoption. 

Cat Crisis Fund
This fund helps Good Samaritans and colony caretakers with vet bills when they find sick or injured cats. 2016: $3,440 was spent to help sick or injured cats or to provide compassionate euthanasia.

Trapper Team                                                                                                                                                                The SAFCC Trapper Team is paid $20 per cat to TNR cats for those who are physically not able to trap themselves.  This includes recovery and handling any post-op complications. Trapper Team requests can be made through our Helpline or by Email.

Targeted Emails (TEMs)
Specific requests for help can be sent to our TNR Class attendees in your zip code. Examples are help with trapping, transport, or feeding your colony when you go out of town. People have been very responsive to these “local” requests and have enjoyed working together and networking to help with situations in their own neighborhoods.