Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Program


“PetSmart Charities of Canada is pleased to support the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society’s efforts to address pet overpopulation,” says Dani LaGiglia, regional relationship manager at the charity. “By making spay and neuter surgeries more accessible and affordable, we’re helping to prevent further pet homelessness in Kitchener-Waterloo, Stratford and the surrounding communities.”

About the TNR Program

The Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo & Stratford Perth is committed to controlling the overpopulation of feral and stray cats within our communities.  Through our TNR program, these community cats are trapped, sterilized (spayed or neutered), vaccinated, micro-chipped, ear-tipped (the universal symbol for a sterilized cat) and then returned to the location where they were trapped.


  • All cats receiving service through this program MUST be un-owned, living outside, and not intended for adoption
  • All cats will receive both rabies and FVRCP vaccinations, Revolution, a microchip, a tattoo, and will have their left ear tipped – NO EXCEPTIONS. Microchips will be registered to colony caregivers
  • All cats must be received in a humane live trap of appropriate size. We will not accept cats in carriers for the safety of our staff.  We have a trap rental program where traps can be rented for $20 a week with a $50 refundable deposit.
  • Caregivers must leave a contact number where they can be reached regarding any medical concerns
    • If a cat is found to have severe debilitating disease or injury that would cause life in a colony to be considered inhumane, and the caregiver cannot be reached, it may be euthanized at the veterinarian’s recommendation
    • If a cat is found to have a wound/illness that is readily treatable, medication and/or treatment may be provided while sedated at the veterinarian’s discretion, without prior consultation with the caregiver
  • Kittens must be over 1.5kg and 12 weeks of age in order to have surgery
  • The fee for this program is $35.00 per cat, to be paid at pick-up
  • Drop-off at the KWHS is between 8:30-9:00am, and pick up is between 3:30-4:00. Early or late drop-offs/pick-ups cannot be accommodated.


  • All colonies and their caregivers must be registered with the KWHS prior to enrollment in the program
  • Only colonies of 3 or more cats will be accepted at this time. Individual neighbourhood cats may be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Colonies must be located within Waterloo Region (excluding Cambridge) or Perth County
  • All colonies require a site visit by one of our animal control officers (ACOs) prior to registration, and caregivers must consent to once yearly visits by ACOs to ensure guidelines are met
    • Colony sites must provide adequate shelter, whether it is natural or provided by caregivers
    • If food is provided to the colony, feeding areas must be kept clean
  • Cats must be returned to the location where they were trapped


  • All caregivers must be registered with the KWHS prior to enrollment in the program
  • In order to become registered, caregivers must provide proof of certification through one of the following programs:
Anyone found to be abusing the program or disregarding the requirements may be removed from the program at the discretion of the KWHS

How To Register

To Register for this program, please complete the form found HERE and submit to the Kitchener Waterloo Humane Society.  Forms can be dropped off at the Centre, or emailed to