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Thank you for taking the time to care for feral cats. Whether you are just starting out or are an experienced caretaker, the Richmond SPCA supports your efforts and is happy to be of service by providing free spay/neuter and other resources.
The Richmond SPCA offers free spay/neuter surgeries and rabies shots for feral cats brought to our Smoky's Spay/Neuter Clinic at the Clinic for Compassionate Care by their volunteer caretakers. We also provide rabies booster shots for feral cats at no charge to community volunteers.
- Caregivers should call 804-521-1310 for information about making an appointment (required for spay/neuter surgery). Please note that we schedule appointments several weeks in advance; however, members of a local Yahoo! listserv composed of community cat caretakers frequently share their appointments among one another. To join that group, please follow the link at the bottom of this page.
- We rent humane cat traps. Please let us know that you need a trap(s) when you make your appointment with our clinic. There is a $50 deposit to be paid at the time of rental, which is returned to you when the trap is returned in working order, within 3 months of the trap rental. Trap reservations are required as we have a limited supply available.
- Appointments are not required for rabies vaccination boosters. They are done on a walk-in basis Monday-Friday from 10:00-3:00; however, calling 804-521-1330 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org is greatly appreciated. This service is available to feral cat caretakers who reside in our service area (City of Richmond and the counties of Hanover, Henrico, Chesterfield and Goochland). To receive the 1 year rabies vaccine, cats must arrive in a humane trap and be previously spayed or neutered as indicated by a tipped left ear.
- Please note that the sterilized and vaccinated feral cats will need to be returned to their current habitat (where you humanely trapped them) to live out their natural lifespan, as their unsocial behavior means they are not susceptible of adoption into homes. Please never take a feral cat to a shelter or ask an animal control agency to trap him or her to be taken to an animal shelter, as his or her life may be at risk. Download Trapping Instructions here.