TNR in Volusia County

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TNR in Volusia County - explained

The term TNR comes up frequently in animal rescue circles but not everyone has heard of it. TNR stands for “Trap, Neuter, Return”, or “Trap, Neuter, Release”. It is the practice of trapping feral, or free roaming cats and having them spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and then released back into their colony. Upon return, they have a small ‘tip’ cut out of their ear which identifies them as part of a protected colony. Whether people love or hate cats, this practice WORKS.

Feral, or free roaming cats, when not ‘fixed’ can become nuisances especially when breeding. They mark their territory and become noisy and this is when business owners or individuals start getting upset. It costs our cities a lot of money to impound and euthanize these animals (far more than neutering and returning them).

Taking them away and euthanizing them however, is not the solution as this creates what is known as a ‘vacuum effect’ where other cat’s just move into the area, and the problem starts up again. Relocating also is not an option as the cats will roam miles to return back to their ‘home’, often crossing busy roads which leads to accidents. When cats are trapped and neutered the breeding and nuisance behavior stops, the numbers stop growing and eventually the population declines. It is much more cost effective to trap, neuter, and release a cat, than it is to impound and euthanize it. The bottom line is, animals do not need to die when we have a humane solution called TNR that has been proven to work and save money!

TNR Contact Information By City

Below is contact information for the cities who have adopted TNR Programs. These programs provide funding for cat spaying and neutering, vaccinations, (rabies and distemper) and ear tipping for identification at NO cost to you.  Please contact them directly to sign up for the program. Please know if you live in the Unincorporated part of Volusia County then you need to contact that number located below.

As of 2021- Volusia County is offering FREE spay and neuter for ANY cat in any city (cat has to come in a metal trap, and cat will be ear-tipped). If you don’t want the cat ear-tipped, the price is only $15-20 dollars as of 4-2021. Call to verify this information when you make an appointment.

If you DO NOT know if you live in the city or unincorporated parts of Volusia County please go to the Volusia County Property Appraisal site to find out. Only fill out your street # and street name (no need to put in St. Ave. or Rd) as filling out too much information will not give results. Many individuals actually do not know this information so find out before filling out paperwork.

Who traps the cats? We teach YOU how to trap a stray or feral cat(s). It is very easy and there are many YouTube videos on the subject. We also can loan you a few traps (each trap is a $20 dollar deposit that you get back once the trap is returned). We are a great contact to help you along in the process as we are fast communicators. Unfortunately with so many people needing help daily, we simply can not do it all, but with education and helping you along, we can help so many more animals! Please know that a few cities can help with transporting of the cats in a metal trap. Port Orange will pick up the cat in the trap from your home and so will Daytona Beach Animal Control. 

QUICK and Easy method to trap a cat: One quick and easy method to trapping a feral or stray cat is to use the metal trap as a feeding station. You can zip tie this trap in the OPEN position, and ONLY feed inside this trap. Then once you have an appointment, you set the trap like normal, removing the zip tie, and BAM- you got your kitty easily. For more Trap Neuter Return TIPS and helpful guidelines CLICK HERE!

Unincorporated Volusia County: If you live in the Unincorporated parts of Volusia County you have to call this number: Volusia County Animal Services – Call 386-323-3575 to receive an appointment. They fill up fast and sometimes if you are nice about it, you can get on their cancellation list and get called when someone cancels. ♦Right now they are offering to fix any cat from any city at NO cost. Cat must be in a metal trap and will receive an ear-tip. Please call to verify this information when you make an appointment.

If you are unsure if you live in the unincorporated parts of Volusia County click here. Just fill out a few sections (street # and street name). If needed fill out the city.

Daytona: (Two options)

  1. For numerous cats that need to be fixed, Contact Pat of CCFAW by phone or email (with your full name, full address, phone number, and how many cats need fixed) to register a colony with the City of Daytona. 386-405-1559  or email: CCFAW@CCFAW.Org  Or fill out this form: https://form.jotform.com/201707116508146 
  2. (transport available for a couple cats) Officer Lee #386-405-2070  On TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS only, Officer Lee and Officer Bob Belt will pick up cats caught in metal traps (no plastic cat carries allowed. Traps only). You have to call by 8am or earlier (leave voicemail or text message) with your name and address. They will come by to pick up the cat in the metal trap, neuter, vaccinate, and ear tip, and return back to same address. Before you decide to trap a cat make sure you are indeed in the CITY of Daytona and not the unincorporated part of Volusia County. 

Debary/Orange City:  Call Heather Crowne at 407-810-6071

Deland:  Contact Denise Kelly at 386-626-7457  or email: KellyD@Deland.org  for the form you need to fill out. Another contact number is: 386-323-3575. The city of Deland authorizes individual residents or organizations to receive reimbursement for the actual cost of spaying or neutering of up to twenty feral cats per fiscal year. More information is located on the form Denise Kelly will send you. 

Deltona  Email Brooke Light at FixCats@DeltonaTNR.com or fill out this form to get started: http://form.jotform.com/201300139063035

Edgewater: Contact Pat of CCFAW by phone or email (with your full name, full address, phone number, and how many cats need fixed). 386-405-1559  or email: CCFAW@CCFAW.Org        Or fill out this form: https://form.jotform.com/201707116508146

Holly Hill: Contact Pat of CCFAW by phone or email (with your full name, full address, phone number, and how many cats need fixed). 386-405-1559  or email: CCFAW@CCFAW.Org      Or fill out this form: https://form.jotform.com/201707116508146 

New Smyrna Beach: Contact Pat of CCFAW by phone or email (with your full name, full address, phone number, and how many cats need fixed). 386-405-1559  or email: CCFAW@CCFAW.Org    Or fill out this form: https://form.jotform.com/201707116508146

Oak Hill:  Contact Farmhouse Cats by email at pseuberling@cfl.rr.com or on Facebook under Farmhouse Cats

Orange City/Debary:  Call Heather Crowne at 407-810-6071

Ormond Beach:  Call Ormond Beach Animal Control Contact Officer JoAnn Owen at 386-676-3262 (it will route you to dispatch. Leave message if they don’t answer)

Ponce Inlet:  Call Nancy Epps at 386-795-2310

Port Orange: TNR (Trap Neuter Return) call 386-506-5836 (Leave a message if they don’t pick up) . You can pick up a TNR packet at the Port Orange Police Department located at 4545 S. Clyde Morris Blvd, Port Orange. Or leave a message with your email and they can forward the copies for you to fill out. They typically have traps (metal traps only)  you can also borrow and they will help with transport.

For dog or cat issues (other than TNR) call 386-248-1777 (central dispatching center).  

South Daytona:  Call Officer Steve Pignataro at 386-322-3059

Unincorporated Volusia County:  Volusia County Animal Services – Call 386-323-3575. At this time- there is no paperwork needed to fill out. Simply give them your name and address when you call and they will look to find an available appointment. If you are unsure if you live in the unincorporated parts of Volusia County click here. Just fill out a few sections (street # and street name).

READY TO START TRAPPING? NEED A FEW TIPS AND HELPFUL GUIDELINES? Well – CLICK HERE!

Need help rehoming an unwanted or stray pet? We have a rehoming assistance program to help you along in the process.

We also have a low cost/No cost Spay and Neuter master list for Volusia County as well as many other Florida Counties. To see the full list – Click here.