Feral Cat Info

FeralCat.jpgSOS of Ohio requires an appointment for feral cats to be brought in for spay/neuter surgery. Feral cats can be scheduled for a Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday. They should be humanely trapped and brought in between 7:30a-12p the day of their appointment. Cats will then be available for pick up the same day between 5 and 6 pm.

Trapping groups will be able to schedule bulk appointment times, but will be required to pay for all of their scheduled appointment with ONE “grace” appointment. For example- if a trapping group reserves 5 appointments and only traps 4 cats, they will only be charged for 4 cats. However, if a trapping group schedules 5 cats and only bring 3, they will be charged for 4 cats. The default charge for an absent appointment is $40.

Feral cats that are brought in a humane trap AND are ear-tipped are $55 for the surgery itself. This is a lower cost than that of owned cats because ferals are not handleable by nature and therefore do not receive a pre-op exam. If you have a friendly outdoor kitty that you would like examined, or do not bring the cat in a humane trap, or do not want the cat ear-tipped, then the surgery will cost the same as it does for owned cats. Any additional services requested will cost the same as they do for owned cats. Please see SERVICES & PRICING for more information.


To bring a feral cat in for surgery, the following procedures must be followed:

  • If you can handle the cat…

    THEN IT IS NOT CONSIDERED FERAL: Please schedule an appointment to bring in the cat. We hold special appointment spaces for these animals and will do our best to schedule them within 1-3 days of your call.

  • SOS of Ohio requires that feral cats must arrive in traps and that there be only one animal per trap for the safety of our staff, the cats, and for you as well.
  • If at all possible, trap the morning you plan to bring a feral cat in for spay/neuter surgery.

    Trapping in the morning will reduce the amount of time the cat is in the trap. Truly feral cats become extremely stressed and can spike dangerously high temperatures if they remain in a trap for an extended period of time.

  • Bring the feral cat in IMMEDIATELY after trapping if you catch the feral cat in the morning.
  • SOS of Ohio requires that feral cats receive a rabies vaccination for $10 at the time of surgery.
  • Feral cats can also receive an ear tip at no additional charge.

    An ear tip is a procedure in which the tip of the cat’s left ear is removed. This is a universal symbol that will let other trappers know that the cat has already been spayed or neutered. The cat can then be released and will not have to endure the stress of being in a trap or go under anesthesia or receive unnecessary surgery.

  • We accept feral cats in traps on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays between 7:30 am-12 pm. An appointment MUST be scheduled beforehand. 
  • The feral cat will be available for pick up the same day between 5 – 6 pm. Payment for surgery must be made at pick up.


Feral Cat Trapping Guide: download button
Feral Cat Post-Surgical Instructions: download button

More feral cat resources can also be found on our RESOURCES page.