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Trap, Neuter, Return Services

Thanks to the Summerlee Foundation, Foothills Animal Shelter is excited to help feral cats in Jefferson County by offering free Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) Services

Scheduling Surgery

Spay or neuter surgery for feral cats is available by appointment Tuesdays and Fridays at Foothills Animal Shelter located at 580 McIntyre St, Golden, CO 80401.

We recommend scheduling surgery prior to beginning humane trapping efforts to ensure timely appointment availability once the cat(s) has been secured.

Drop-off appointments may be scheduled between 7:30 am-8 am, with same day pick up occurring at 4:00 pm at the Shelter’s Pet Admissions Center.

Services include:

  • Free humane trap rental
  • Veterinary exam
  • Spay or neuter surgery
  • Rabies and Feline Distemper vaccinations
  • Testing for Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus
  • Ear tipping


Schedule Surgery

Save time by printing and completing the surgery consent form in advance here.

What is TNR/SNR?

Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) and Shelter, Neuter, Return (SNR) are humane methods to help lower feral cat populations in our community, minimize instances of disease, and reduce nuisance behaviors such as marking and cat conflict.  Through TNR services, free-roaming, unowned feral cats may be humanely trapped by community members and brought to Foothills Animal Shelter.  Along with a brief veterinary exam they will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and receive a small ear tip to identify them as altered before being returned to the area from which they came by the same person who brought them to the Shelter.

I have a feral cat colony in my community; how can I access the TNR/SNR services?

If you live in Jefferson County, Foothills can help! We offer free spay or neuter surgeries for unowned, free-roaming community cats every Tuesday and Friday. Click here to schedule your appointment today. Free trap rentals are available at the Shelter Monday through Sunday between the hours of 10 am and 5 pm in the Pet Admissions Center.

What is ear tipping?

Ear tipping is a procedure where the tip of a cat’s left ear is removed while they are under anesthesia. This humane method is commonly used to identify at a glance community cats that have already been altered.  This is also an indicator that the cat has been vaccinated for rabies.  If you trap a cat with a tipped ear, they can be released.

Is my area eligible for the Foothills Animal Shelter TNR/SNR program?

If you are a resident of Jefferson County most area’s cats are eligible for the Foothills Animal Shelter TNR/SNR program. Please check your local jurisdiction guidelines for returning the cat after surgery.

When does Foothills offer TNR/SNR services?

Foothills offers TNR/SNR surgeries every Tuesday and Friday. Appointments are limited and must be scheduled in advance.

Are there any fees for TNR/SNR services?

Thanks to grant funding from the Summerlee Foundation, Foothills Animal Shelter can offer these services free of charge. You can help support programs and services at Foothills by donating here.

How can I rent a trap?

Trap rentals are free and available Monday through Sunday at Foothills Animal Shelter between the hours of 10 am and 5 pm in the Pet Admissions Center.

What should I do if the cat has a collar and tag?

If you find or trap a cat that appears to have an owner please contact them on the number provided on the tag. Read more tips on what to do if you find an owned animal here.

Can I bring my owned cat in for free spay or neuter surgery?

Currently Foothills Animal Shelter is only able to offer no cost surgery to unowned, free-roaming feral cats.

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