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Spay and Neuter your Pets!

Updated: Jun 13, 2023

Animal control officers and nonprofits, such as Garlic City Kitty Rescue, work closely together in many situations related to cat rescue and welfare. Whether responding to calls related to animal neglect, abuse, or providing resources and assistance to pet owners in need, these organizations work together to protect the welfare of animals and ensure public safety.

One situation that often requires the collaboration of animal control officers and nonprofits is when dealing with out-of-control cat populations. In these cases, both groups work together to develop a comprehensive plan to humanely reduce the population of stray and feral cats. This is where the process of trap-neuter-return (TNR) comes into play.


TNR involves trapping feral cats, spaying or neutering them, and then returning them to their original location. By doing so, TNR helps to prevent the cats from reproducing and contributes to reducing the overall population of stray and feral cats in the area. In addition, TNR helps to improve the health of the cats, as they receive medical care during the process.


One way to identify a TNR cat is by the ear tip. During the process of TNR, a small portion of the tip of the cat's ear is removed. This allows animal control officers and other groups to easily identify which cats have already been through the TNR process.


If you need help dealing with an out-of-control cat population on your property, it's important to know who to contact. In Santa Clara County, you can contact the San Martin Animal Shelter, which has a team of animal control officers who can help to assess the situation and develop a plan of action. Additionally, nonprofits such as Garlic City Kitty Rescue can also provide support and resources to help address the situation.  You can borrow traps through the San Martin Animal Shelter or All Animal Rescue and Friends tnr@aarflove.org or Garlic City Kitty Rescue tnr@garliccitykittyrescue.org and Town Cats will let commmunity members borrow traps too info@towncats.org.


Overall, the collaboration between animal control officers and nonprofits plays a critical role in supporting cat rescue and welfare efforts in Santa Clara County. By working together, these organizations are able to develop effective solutions to complex problems, and ensure that cats receive the care and support they need.

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