Community Cat Program

The purpose of the community cat program for West Valley City/Taylorsville Animal Services is to reduce the breeding and over population of community cats while mitigating the nuisance complaints of our citizens. The concept of the Community Cat program is to achieve these goals while helping the maintain a No-Kill status among the shelter population.  The best way to do this is through the TNR Program.

Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR)

Trap/neuter/return (TNR) programs involve trapping, neutering/vaccinating, and returning community cats to their original outdoor locations. It is not only the most humane method of preventing cats from entering the shelter system; it’s the most effective.

Community Cats are trapped and brought to the shelter.  Ideally, they should be in the Shelter no longer than 48 hours – enough time to do a health assessment, vaccinate them, and get them fixed.  The cats are then returned to where they were picked up or trapped.

Sometimes there are caregivers for one or more cats in a community.  This is a wonderful thing that some people do by providing food supplement and/or temporary shelters during the winter; however, this is not necessary for community cats to thrive.  Cats are scavengers and those born into this type of life and environment know how to find food and shelter.  West Valley City/Taylorsville Animal Services does not provide food or shelters for caregivers, we can provide information on food resources and how to build a shelter.

Responsibilities of Live-Capture Cat Trapping

You are responsible for the care of any animal captured. The trap should be placed where the trapped animal is protected from the elements and water must be accessible to the trapped animal. The animal must be turned into West Valley City/Taylorsville Animal Services, released at the trap location, or returned to its owner. You are not allowed, by state law and local ordinance, to release or relocate the animal to other locations.

Trapping is not allowed on weekends or holidays. If an animal is captured, please contact West Valley City/Taylorsville Animal Services Dispatch at 801-965-5845 Monday-Friday during normal business hours for pickup or you may bring the animal to the shelter during normal business hours.  The Shelter is located at 4522 West 3500 South in West Valley City.  The shelter is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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Community Cat Coordinator

West Valley City/Taylorsville Animal Services has a full-time person assigned to the Community Cat Program.  If you have any questions or problems regarding community cats please contact our coordinator at 801-965-5812 or via email.