Trap Neuter Return

Welcome to the Toronto Humane Society’s TNR Services

As a member of the Toronto Feral Cat Coalition, the Toronto Humane Society is committed to offering support for the city and surrounding cities’ feral cat populations and their colony caretakers. As we are not a city run program, all services are supported by our high volume spay/neuter services and are therefore limited by funding, and or donations. Our services are regulated by strict protocols to ensure it is fair for all and to remain operational. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation!

All TNR services require colony caretakers to have their colonies registered with their city or town, and most importantly to have taken the “Trap-Neuter-Return:How to Manage a Feral Cat Colony” offered through the Community Cats Toronto. Please visit their website for upcoming course dates and registration.

Spay/Neuter Services for Feral Cats

Clinic Hours of Operation:
Monday – Saturday:
Drop-off: 7:00am – 7:30am
Pick-up: 4:00pm – 4:30pm


Please refer to our Calendar of Events Page.


*Drop-off must be completed by the registered colony caretaker in order to fill out surgical authorization forms. Pick-up can be arranged with another registered colony caretaker. (No family members or friends of the colony caretaker are permitted unless they are also certified).


**In agreement with the Toronto Feral Cat Coalition all feral cats that are found to be already spayed/neutered (and microchipped) who are brought in for TNR service will be sent back with the most recent colony caretaker to be returned to the newest colony location. Please note we will be unable to inform the original colony caretaker that the cat has been registered to a new location in the event this happens. We hope that all colony caretakers understand that these animals are not “owned” and have the freedom to migrate to other colonies for a variety of reasons, but ultimately in the best interest for the individual cat.**

How to Book a Rescue Appointment:

By phone:

Call Center Hours of Operation: (416.392.2273 x 2)
Monday - Friday: 8:30am – 6:00pm
Saturdays: Closed
Sundays: Closed

Having trouble connecting to our operators? Please click here for more information. Please note all calls are recorded for quality assurance and training purposes.

*In case of last minute changes please listen to our voice recording for current operational hours (there is no voicemail service so please hang up if calling outside of our operational hours)*

By email:

Please complete and submit the Rescue Appointment Request Form found here.

Click here for the Rescue Rate Fee Guide.

Please Note: Due to the high volume of requests received by the Toronto Humane Society Spay/Neuter Clinic, we will try our best to provide a response to your email within 48-72 hours

Other Organizations That Offer TNR Surgeries:

Toronto Street Cats (TSC): Offers free spay/neuter procedures on an appointment basis only within our facility during designated days. Please visit their website to fill out their appointment request form.

Toronto Animal Services (TAS) – East Shelter (821 Progress Road): Offers free spay/neuter procedures on designated surgical days. Call 416-338-6281 for more information and eligibility requirements or visit their website for upcoming dates.

Ontario SPCA Centre Veterinary Hospital (Stouffville): Offers paid spay/neuter procedures for feral cats on a walk-in basis with a maximum of 2 cats per colony caretaker. Please call 905-898-6112, or email [email protected] for more information on their process, rates, and eligibility requirements.

Ontario SPCA Marion Vernon Memorial Animal Clinic (Barrie): Offers paid spay/neuter procedures for feral cats on a walk-in basis with a maximum of 1 cat per day. Please call 1-705-734-9882 for more information on their process, rates, and eligibility requirements.

Lincoln County Humane Society Animal Clinic (St. Catherines): Offers paid spay/neuter procedures for feral cats on a walk-in basis with a maximum of 1 cat per day. Please call 1-905-688-7722 for more information on their process, rates, and eligibility requirements.

Feral Cat Recovery Center: *NEW*

The feral cat recovery center (now managed by the Toronto Cat Rescue) located in central Scarborough near the Toronto Animal Services East shelter is available to registered colony caretakers who require space to recover their colony cats post-surgery. Intake is by appointment only so please email: [email protected] to schedule an appointment. All cats must arrive in traps and will remain in traps during their recovery period. Our recovery recommendations are in coordination with the Toronto Feral Cat Coalition’s guidelines. Post-surgical monitoring and trap sanitation will be taken care of by the recovery center volunteers. Please visit their website for more information:

Recovery Time for:
Healthy Male = 24 hours
Healthy Female = 48 hours
Lactating Females = 12 hours
Spay abort = 72 hours

Trap Rental Service: *NEW*

The Toronto Humane Society now offers trap rental to registered colony caretakers or rescue groups!

Trap rental requests can be made by calling 416.392.2273 ext. 2250 and leaving a message with your name, phone number, when you would like to receive the trap by and how long you wish to rent for. All rentals require a $50.00 deposit per trap (CASH ONLY), and will only be refunded if the trap is returned clean and undamaged. The maximum length permitted for rental is 1 week. All pickups/ drop offs will be on an appointment basis (Tuesday – Saturday) and will require at least 48 hours before an appointment can be arranged. Should the trap not be returned on the arranged date the deposit will be forfeited and future use will be suspended for all of our services.

Our traps are: ACES’ Humaniac™ 30 x 9 x 11- with rear door.


Featured with powder- coated welded wire, smaller mesh surrounding the bait area (to prevent access to the bait from outside the trap), and a unique and extremely secure closing mechanism that absolutely cannot be opened from inside the trap. The door is heavily reinforced for no escapes and features a “tail gap” to ensure no tails are caught as the trap door closes.

Other Organizations That Offer Trap Rental:

Toronto Animal Services (TAS) – North Shelter (1300 Sheppard Ave West):**Currently Closed for Renovations** Offers trap rental. Please call 416-338-6281 for more information and eligibility requirements.

Toronto Feral Cat Recovery Center (Scarborough): Offers free trap rental ($100 deposit required) for a maximum of 14 days for certified colony caretakers. Those who have not taken the course can rent for $3.00 per day. Please visit their website to fill out the online request form.

Ontario SPCA Centre Veterinary Hospital (Stouffville): Offers trap rental for $200.00 deposit. Please call 905-898-6112, or email [email protected] for more information on their process and eligibility requirements.

Ontario SPCA Provincial Office (16586 Woodbine Ave): A trap depot is available for those who have completed the TNR Workshop. Please reach out to Monica Seto for more information and to make an appointment, at [email protected]

Purchasing Traps:

Toronto Street Cats now supplies affordable traps made from wood and sturdy netting. All traps will be built on request by email to: [email protected] Prices are based on the cost of materials only – all labour is donated by volunteers!

Folding Drop Trap = $40.00

Box Traps = $25.00

TSC also has thick, clean Styrofoam boxes available for free. They are a suitable size for shelters or for feeding stations, and can be picked up at any shelter-building workshop. Entrance holes can be cut to your specifications. Please click here for the dates and times of the workshops.

Feral Colony Food Donations: *NEW*

THS offers excess donated cat food to become available to registered colony caretakers (when available) to be distributed by Toronto Street Cat (TSC) representatives (usually on Sundays). All interested parties are required to become a certified colony caretaker through completion of the colony caretaker training workshop “How to manage a feral colony”. Please ensure to follow the instructions given from TSC when food is available, and please remember that food supplies are often very limited and there is no guarantee that all interested parties will receive food. When you arrive please show your certificate to a TSC representative to access the food supply. They will need your name, certificate, colony(s) you are intending to feed with this food, and the area in which it is located. Please follow our Facebook page for food availability.

Shelter Builds & Purchasing:

Toronto Street Cats Host Shelter builds in our facility approximately 2 times a month on Saturdays from 10:00am – 3:00pm from the fall to early spring. Please visit their website for upcoming shelter build dates, how to volunteer, prices, and how to purchase.

Clinic Location

Spay/Neuter Location

If your dog is vocal around other dogs (often barks) please take them for a walk, or keep in your car (if the weather is not to warm) until the doors open (at 7:00am) as to not disrupt our neighbours in the early morning. We thank you for your understanding and compliance!

The Spay/Neuter Services operate within the Toronto Humane Society at 11 River Street in the east end of downtown Toronto. Please make your way to the bright green door towards the back of the building.

Parking is available in the visitors parking lot behind the shelter (spaces are limited), or temporarily on the loading ramp during intake and discharge hours only. Please do not block any garbage/ recycling bins or fire routes for both the shelter and neighboring condo/townhome complexes.

Printable Colony Caretaker Handouts:

THS Colony Caretaker Resources

Toronto Humane Society TNR service