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Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) Program

Effective Friday, October 1, all cats arriving for the TNR surgical program must be in a cat trap or transfer cage with no more than one cat per unit. For the safety of our staff, we will no longer accept cats in carriers or wire cages.

County Animal Services (BCAS) has a free Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) Program that focuses on humanely reducing the number of community cats living on our streets. Our free TNR surgery package is available at our Baldwin surgical center at 13800 Manor Road in Baldwin.

Walk-In Clinic

BCAS' Baldwin location coordinates a TNR walk-in clinic every Friday (except on County-recognized holidays). If you prefer to schedule an appointment Monday through Thursday, visit the Spay and Neuter Services page.

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Times

Drop-off time is between 8 and 8:30 a.m. For late drop off, text the TNR coordinator or call the shelter at 410-887-7297.

Pick-up time is roughly 3 p.m. and may change depending on how many cats are at the location. You will be contacted prior to 3 p.m. if the pick-up time changes.

Eligibility Requirements

Cats must:

  • Be an unowned, community cat living outdoors
  • Be from an address within Baltimore County
  • Arrive in a cat trap or transfer cage, single cat per unit
  • Be over three months of age (roughly three pounds in weight)
  • Appear healthy. If there are health concerns, email or call before trapping
  • Be limited to 10 per location
  • All must be picked up same day

Surgery Package 

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In an effort to reduce the community cat population, the TNR surgery package provides:

  • Spay or neuter
  • Rabies vaccine
  • FVRCP vaccine
  • Microchipping (all cats will be scanned for a microchip prior to implanting)
  • A green or blue tattoo line on their abdomen
  • Ear-tipping—the tip of the left ear is surgically removed. An ear-tip is the universal symbol of a spayed or neutered outdoor cat.

Trap Loans

Free trap loans are available to anyone trapping within Baltimore County. Traps can be loaned for TNR only. We do not loan traps for removal or relocation of cats. At times there may be a waiting list. Traps are typically on loan for a two-week period.

A Permission for Baltimore County to Enter Property form (PDF) and a Trap Loan Agreement (PDF) are required before a loan can be given. Other documents might also be required, depending on property ownership where trapping will take place.

Benefits of Spay and Neuter

The benefits of spaying and neutering the unowned cat population include:

  • Stops breeding and prevents unwanted litters of kittens
  • Saves taxpayer dollars by keeping cats out of animal shelters
  • Helps improve the health and quality of life of outdoor cats
  • Reduces nuisance behaviors like spraying, fighting, howling and roaming

More Information

For questions, email the TNR Coordinator at bcastnr@baltimorecountymd.gov or call 410-887-2727. Emails are preferred and can be responded to faster than phone calls. Note: Staff may take two weeks (or more) to respond.

 
Revised September 24, 2021         

 

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