Community Cats/TNR


Neighborhood Cat Program
The neighborhood cats you see around Palm Springs are often homeless, sometimes abandoned by their previous owners. Many are offspring of these forgotten felines. While some are like our household companion cats, approachable and friendly, most have had little or no contact with humans and are fearful of people, and therefore cannot be adopted out as pets. Palm Springs is estimated to have over 4,000 homeless cats. You can help manage the homeless cat population by participating in our Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program. TNR is humane and effective. It ends reproduction, stabilizes and reduces feral cat populations, improves cats’ lives, and reduces our annual intake of kittens at our shelter. The alternative method, removing cats from a neighborhood by killing them, is not only cruel—it is illegal — and it doesn’t work.


TNR surgery dates vary. Please contact us at for dates and details of upcoming clinics.

Drop Off  7:15 AM -8:00 AM 

Pick Up  7:15 AM -8:00 AM

Sometimes schedules change due to conflicts, so please confirm with our TNR Coordinator or a staff member before trapping.


You can borrow an approved trap from the Palm Springs Animal Shelter. Schedule your trap pick-up with our TNR Coordinator who will show you best practices for effective and humane trapping. The rental is free. Simply sign an agreement and provide a refundable deposit of $65 per trap. Cash and credit cards are accepted, and the amount will be refunded upon returning the traps to the shelter within the agreed upon time-frame.


Thanks to a generous grant through Best Friends Animal Society, spay/neuter fees for Coachella Valley outdoor cats are currently being waived. However, in order to sustain the TNR program and to help offset actual medical costs, we ask participants for a voluntary $25 donation per cat.


Once sedated, cats are checked for potential microchips and potential past evidence of neuter/spay procedures. All cats are neutered/spayed, receive rabies vaccination, a tipped ear, pain medication, a microchip and are treated for infection, fleas, or ear mites, if visible. Post-surgery the cats are held at the shelter overnight. This gives the cats time to recover in a quiet and safe space, while the anesthesia wears off. They are also given dinner. Cats must be returned the next day to the exact location where they were trapped.

Tipped Ears.

Eartipping is the preferred method to identify spayed/neutered homeless and neighborhood cats. Eartipping is the removal of one-quarter of a cat’s left ear (about 1 cm). This procedure is performed under sterile conditions while the cat is already under anesthesia. There is little or no bleeding, it is relatively painless to the cat, and does not significantly alter the appearance or beauty of the cat.

Get involved.


Responses may take 1-2 days. 

Immediate cat rescue issues should be directed to Palm Springs Animal Control via Palm Springs Police Department at: 760 327-1441.

Hours of Operation:

Monday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday: Closed to the Public

Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year's Day

Closed at 2 p.m. on Christmas & New Year's Eve


4575 E Mesquite Ave,

Palm Springs, CA 92264

Phone. (760) 416-5718


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