Cats roaming your neighborhood? While Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region helps find loving homes for thousands of homeless cats every year, there are some cats that prefer living in outdoor colonies in our neighborhoods. You can lend a paw by helping us keep an eye on these cats as a community cat colony manager.
HSPPR’s Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program is sanctioned in the City of Colorado Springs, as well as the City and County of Pueblo. The goal is to humanely decrease cat overpopulation and improve their quality of life. And we couldn’t do it without our colony managers.
Colony managers serve as our on-the-ground contact, providing food and water for the cats, as well as monitoring their health and population size. In return, HSPPR provides free spay/neuter services to control overpopulation, and free vaccinations against rabies and other illnesses to ensure a healthy and happy colony. Spaying/neutering prevents cats from yowling, fighting, and spraying as well. Sterilizing colony cats and returning them to their home territory not only stops the breeding cycle, but also prevents new cats from coming into the area.
How do we know a cat is a colony cat? While under anesthesia for spay/neuter, our veterinarians ear tip colony cats for easy identification in the future. The procedure is humane and safe, and lets us know down the road we’ve already seen that cat at HSPPR.
Become a Colony Manager
Want to help? We are looking for colony managers in areas sanctioned for cat colonies - the City of Colorado Springs and City and County of Pueblo. El Paso County residents living outside Colorado Springs city limits, please contact our Colorado Springs TNR Coordinator for more information. Colony managers can take pride in knowing they’re providing care for community cats and actively helping to reduce the cat overpopulation problem. Colony managers typically live in the same area as the colony and must:
Be at least 18 years old
Own the property or have permission from the property owner
Visit the colony at least once a day for feeding/colony maintenance
Conduct ongoing TNR transport to control overpopulation
Monitor colony members for overall health, newcomers, kittens, etc.
Help cats and people co-exist by being an advocate for community cats and educating neighbors about the TNR program
You can get started by completing the application below. Once approved, we will go over a contract outlining our respective expectations and responsibilities. Thank you for helping us save more animal lives!
Questions? Contact one of our TNR Coordinators: