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TRAP-NEUTER-VACCINATE-RETURN

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Community Cats and Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return at Smoky’s Spay & Neuter Clinic

The Richmond SPCA Smoky’s Spay & Neuter Clinic, located at 7088 Mechanicsville Turnpike, opened in 2022. This satellite location provides sterilization services to shelter and rescue organizations and community cat caregivers performing Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR). 

If you have observed a colony of unowned, free-roaming community cats living in your neighborhood, a park, near a dumpster or around a business, there is important information you should know.

What are community cats?

Community cats are unowned, free-roaming cats. They live quite independently in an outdoor environment, forming colonies around sources of food, water and shelter. Many are unsocialized to people (feral).

What should be done?

Humane management of community cats is done through an active program of Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR).

Volunteer caretakers humanely trap the cats and bring them to our Smoky’s Spay & Neuter Clinic, where we spay and neuter the cats and vaccinate them against rabies at no charge. While the cats are under anesthesia, we “tip” their left ear as a sign they have been sterilized and vaccinated. Caretakers later return the cats to the only home they have known – the outdoor colony where the cats have been residing. Volunteer caretakers will continue to feed the cats to prevent foraging.

Other undesired behaviors such as yowling during mating, fighting and territorial spraying, are diminished or eliminated once the cats are sterilized. Vaccination for rabies prevents the threat of disease, keeping the cats healthy and the community safe.

The Richmond SPCA Smoky’s Spay & Neuter Clinic also provides sterilization services to pets in the care of local government shelters and private rescue organizations. Information on those services can be found here.

Guardians seeking full-service, low-cost veterinary care for their own pets can learn more about our Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital.

Services

Smoky’s Spay & Neuter Clinic is not a full-service veterinary hospital. We provide spay and neuter surgeries as well as limited, additional services on the day of the sterilization procedure.

Scheduling

Please contact us at 804-368-6232 and/or communitycats@richmondspca.org for information and instructions for scheduling.

We operate a high-volume, high-quality spay and neuter surgery center. Animals must arrive on time for surgery in order to guarantee the procedure is performed. Late arrivals will result in cancelled appointments that must be rescheduled.  

Costs and Fees

Each appointment includes the sterilization (spay or neuter), rabies vaccination, ear tip, deworming injection and a pain injection. Additional services may be added at time of sterilization for a fee (see chart below).

Community Cats Cost
Vaccinations: 
Distemper Combo$15
Feline Leukemia (when available)$15
 
 
Other Services: 
FeLV / FIV test$20
Profender (topical dewormer) per dose$15-21
Revolt (topical generic Revolution) per dose$10
Convenia injection (antibiotic if needed)$37/mL

For information about services provided to pets in the care of local government shelters and rescue organizations, please visit the Smoky’s Spay & Neuter Clinic page.

What to Expect the Day of Surgery

Drop off: 7:30 a.m. (arrivals after 7:45 a.m. will require rescheduling)

Upon arrival, please form a line at the Smoky’s Spay & Neuter Clinic entrance, where our staff will greet you and direct the intake process. One person will enter the clinic lobby at a time. We require all cats arrive in humane traps (no transfer cages or cat carriers) clearly labeled with the trap’s empty weight. There can only be one cat per trap, and the trap must be free of bowls, food, towels, pillows, and other items.

Please keep your phone on and handy when you have a cat with us for surgery, as we may need to reach you with important information.

Pick up: 2:30 p.m. (arrivals after 2:45 p.m. will be charged a late fee of $15 per 15 minutes)

Other Providers of TNVR Appointments for Cats

For Owned Pets:

If you are seeking low-cost sterilization services for your pet dog or cat, please consider one of the following local clinics.

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