Located at: ____________________________________________
Name of company or owner: ____________________________________________
The following is a general outline
of the type of agreement we have negotiated with individuals
and corporations. Please feel free to delete or add any information.
The Estimated Expense Sheet should include all negotiated
expenses, which can include food, boarding, spay, neuter,
vaccinations, medical treatment, trapping expenses, equipment
and whatever else will be required to get the job done.
HOW IT WORKS This is a
general guide and agreement for the implementation of successful,
humane population control of feral cats and kittens, with
long-term managed care.
If indicated, a permit to trap is obtained from the Department
of Animal Services and is posted throughout the designated
area where trapping will occur. Posting may only be necessary
in certain locations or where there are domestic owner-owned
cats. It is important that appropriate educational documents
be distributed to as many people as you can regarding trap,
neuter and return. Not just those persons who will be participating,
but anyone who shows an interest. Refer to For
All Interested and Concerned Persons.
TRAPPINGFeral Cat Caretakers
Coalition will oversee and assist persons who will be facilitating
the trapping. Trapping is labor and time intensive, and depending
upon the circumstances and number of cats, bringing an area
under managed control can takes weeks to months or longer.
It is necessary to involve and educate persons on the premises
in the methods of humane trapping.
KITTENSIf there are kittens
on the premises, we recommend they not be returned to the
home site. Prior to trapping, persons at the home site will
make arrangements for kittens to be adopted or put into foster
homes. Under the best conditions, there is a 65% mortality
rate among kittens born of feral mothers.
It is essential that persons at the home site make every effort
to participate in rescuing and fostering kittens. We
will assist whenever possible. However, if older kittens are
to remain, discussion regarding their welfare and long-term
care will be required. Their needs are different from adult
STRAY CATSHomeless stray
cats may also be on the premises. Every effort should be made
to foster them and find suitable homes. If stray cats are
present and trapped, discussion as to their welfare with persons
signing this agreement will be necessary.
SURGERY AND MEDICAL CAREAfter
trappng has been accomplished, the cats are taken to a veterinarian
for spay/neuter, immunization and a Rabies vaccination. They
are also given a physical examination and treated for ear
mites, worms and whatever else may be necessary to insure
their good health. If there are health problems and the cats
require medical care, you will be notified and billed for
these additional costs. At surgery, either the right or left
ear tip is nipped off about 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch for identification
purposes as having been sterilized and vaccinated. Ear nipping
is a well-known identification for Animal Control Agencies
and veterinarians. It also helps the caretaker identify any
newcomers. If the cat is not a candidate for surgery, under
any circumstances, and euthanasia is the only option, we will
notify you, in advance, of this decision.
AFTER SURGERY CAREFollowing
surgery, the cats will need to be confined and cared for until
recovered sufficiently before return. Females who are not
pregnant, require a minimum of 3-4 days confinement and those
pregnant, having had more extensive surgery, should be confined
from 5-7 days. Males usually require 2 days confinement. The
length of after surgery care will be contingent upon how well
the cats recuperate. Some may require additional confinement
Confinement and care means that
the cats are confined in a safe, enclosed area, escape proof,
and not allowed to roam freely or be released until recovered
sufficiently from surgery. The recovery place must be warm
and clean with nourishing food and water. If there is an adequate
confinement area at the home site and a reliable experienced
person available to provide food, water and care on a daily
basis, consideration of returning the cats would be a viable
option. If the cats can be returned to the home site, we will
instruct and assist in preparing their confinement area. We
will also make the determination if the area is adequate and
safe for post-surgical care.
If this is not an option, the cats will be boarded at a veterinarian
or boarding facility for the required days of recuperation.
Animal Birth Control is a Spay and Neuter clinic with two
locations, one at 11314 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles,
CA. Their adult feral cat program includes a 3 in 1 FRCP vaccination,
Rabies vaccination, long-term antibiotic injection, and treatment
for worms and ear mites, if indicated.
ESTIMATED COSTS AND DISCUSSIONREFER
TO ESTIMATED EXPENSES DOCUMENT to be included
as part of this signed agreement.
MANAGING LONG-TERM CARELong-term
humane managed care requires responsible persons overseeing
the feeding, trapping, health and care of cats that have been
neutered and identifying those who have not. It will be the
responsibility of designated persons on the noted property
to be educated and participate in trapping of feral cats and
rescuing the kittens, unless otherwise agreed to.
After the cats have been returned to the home site, following
surgery, the caretakers will need to manage the area, keep
it clean, look out for newcomers, injured or pregnant cats
and those who do not have their ears nipped. A good quality
of dry and canned food as well as fresh water will be provided
in sheltered and protected areas and maintained by the caretaker
in charge. We will instruct and oversee persons in charge
as to essential long-term humane managed care. Refer to Managed
SHELTER If adequate shelter
is not available at the home site, arrangements must be made
to provide waterproof and safe shelter for the cats, before
trapping begins. Shelter is essential and will encourage the
cats to remain close to their shelter and feeding areas. It
also makes it easier to identify the cats and implement humane
and boarding, the cats will be returned to their home site.
Feral cats form close-knit colonies as most of them were born
and grew up at the above noted location and have made decisions
about their territory. When families remain intact, newcomers
are not easily welcomed. In the past, when families were destroyed,
other cats in close proximity to the territory move in. It
then becomes an ongoing problem without humane population
Trapping and destroying cats and kittens has resulted in a
nationwide explosion of births, with shelters euthanizing
millions of cats every year. The importance of keeping the
families together, by respecting their nature and habits,
is a compassionate and essential decision under the terms
of this agreement. After surgery, most of the males stop spraying,
there is little fighting, females do not come in "heat"
and the population reduces naturally. Many of the problems
associated with males and females that have not been altered,
ceases. A humane solution has been achieved. This
does not happen overnight.
As part of this agreement, Feral Cat
Caretakers Coalition will oversee and instruct designated
caretakers in long-term humane managed care. We will assist
in organizing and educating persons on the premises to achieve
this and be available for consultation or other agreed to
The estimated number of cats at the home site is ___. Since
trapping is ongoing, there will be additional expenses. As
we proceed, you will be notified as to further costs. Feral
Cat Caretakers Coalition agrees to work with concerned
parties to implement a humane method of feral cat population
control, sheltering and feeding.
Please sign and return one copy, indicating you have read
this agreement and allow representatives of Feral Cat Caretakers
Coalition to enter the named property at ________________________
to humanely trap-spay/neuter and return the cats located thereon.
It is further understood that Feral Cat Caretakers Coalition
is not responsible for any untoward events that may result
from surgery or trapping of the cats and/or kittens.
Please refer to the expense sheet.
An amount of $________ will be required upon signing this
agreement. All expenses are tax deductible. Please sign and
return one copy. We are a 501c3 nonprofit public charity.
Print name__________________________ Phone#________Cell#________Date_______
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate
to contact us. Our 24 hour
automated answering service number if (310)820-4122. If you
feel there is an emergency regarding any of the cats, please
call your veterinarian. If you do not have one, we will provide
you with a reference. Request this in advance.
Dona Cosgrove Baker
Founder and President