Programs & Services
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 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. 2015: 45 classes were held and 725 people were trained. Events: We have a large tent and a wrapped van that draws attention for tabling events. 2015: SAFCC participated in 8 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. 2015: We delivered 14 presentations to groups ranging from HOAs to kids at Camp Humane at the S.A. Humane Society.
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. 2015: 1,074 traps were loaned and 61 traps were sold.
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! 2015: 2,507 calls were returned, averaging 209/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 and the Animal Defense League. To receive this discounted rate, you must attend our TNR Class. 2015: 2,724 cats were subsidized through this program.
We have a small, foster-based adoption program, operating out of two Petco stores: 1211 Austin Hwy in 78209 and 12651 Vance Jackson. Kittens and friendly strays come from Helpline calls and TNR projects. 2015: 62 adoptions plus 168 cats & kittens were placed with another shelter or rescue for adoption.
Cat Crisis Fund
This fund helps Good Samaritans and colony caretakers with vet bills when they find sick or injured cats. 2015: 44 cats were provided urgent care or compassionate euthanasia at a cost of $3,892.27.
Targeted Emails (TEMs)
If you need help with trapping, transport, or other assistance, we encourage you to first attend a TNR Class to fully understand the process. Then we can send a specific email request to our volunteers who live in your area or zip code. People have been very responsive to these “local” requests and have enjoyed working together to solve problems in their own neighborhoods.