Drop-off & Pick-up Instructions

Community Cats Spay & Neuter Program

The Community Cats Program offers spay/neuter for feral and free roaming cats from San Francisco. Cats with guardians and cats slated for adoption or foster programs are not accepted.  Cats must be at least 8 weeks of age for spay/neuter surgery. All cats receive a mandatory left ear tip.

Drop Off
  • No appointment is needed for cats trapped in San Francisco City & County.
  • Surgery drop offs are only from TUESDAY TO FRIDAY. We are currently unable to accept cats for surgery on Saturdays.
  • For early drop off (8am to 10am) bring cats to the Feral Cat Program entrance at 220 Florida Street  in a trap or front loading carrier. The 220 Florida entrance is only staffed from 8 AM to 10 AM.  After early morning hours, drop-offs will be accepted 10 AM – 4 PM,Tuesday to Friday at 201 Alabama Street, 2nd floor Spay/Neuter Clinic.
  • Short-term parking is available at the 220 Florida entrance in the green zone.  Look for the sign and ring our bell.
  • Surgery days will be dependent on clinic schedule and available space. Cats may be held until the next available surgery slot. 
  • Cats are ready to be picked up at 5pm the day they receive surgery, if you wish to recover at home.
  • Alternatively, we can provide onsite recovery assistance and hold cats until the following day.
  • For information about post-surgery care, please download Post-Surgery Care for Feral Cats (PDF)
Free, Mandatory Program Services

These services are mandatory and administered to all cats during the spay/neuter surgery, without exception. Services are free to feral and free roaming cats trapped in San Francisco. Donations are always appreciated and enable us to care for more cats.

Cats trapped outside of San Francisco are charged a nominal fee. Out of county surgery must be arranged in advance.

  • Sterilization surgery (including a small tattoo applied to either side of the incision)
  • Eartip of the left ear
  • Rabies vaccination
  • FVRCP vaccination
  • Microchip
  • Single dose of Revolution (for fleas, hookworm, roundworm, mange and ear mites). If flea infestation is noted, we administer Droncit for tapeworms.
  • All cats in this program will be registered in our feral cat colony database.

These services are provided during the spay/neuter surgery ONLY. We do not provide re-vaccination and/or flea and deworming medication for cats that have already been spayed/neutered.

Trap Rentals
  • Rental Location 201 Alabama, Spay and Neuter front desk from Tuesday to Saturday 9 AM to 4 PM
  • We require a refundable deposit of $60 per rental.

Need information about trapping? Read Trapping 101 – The Basics (PDF)

For kittens that are not eating on their own and are found without a mother:

  • Please do not intervene, the mother will likely return. It is normal for nursing cats to leave their kittens for hours at a time to search for food.
  • It is critical the kittens remain in the mother’s care for their survival.
  • If you know the mother has been killed or you have observed from a distance that the mother has not returned for 24 hours, you can care for the kittens. An example of a kitten care kit can be found at, https://www.alleycat.org/resources/kitten-care-kit/
  • If you cannot provide care for the kittens, bringing them to the shelter is the last resort. SF ACC has some capacity to care for unweaned kittens and they support bottle babies through their foster program. SF SPCA supports SF ACC directly and we collaborate closely on care for San Francisco’s kittens.

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