FixNation’s Trap Loan Program
FixNation loans out humane traps, carriers and equipment free of charge to the public, provided you are using our services.
The traps we loan out are humane traps that won’t harm the cats. While the traps may look intimidating, they are actually very safe. Using a humane trap is the safest solution to catch a feral cat – safer for both the cat and for you. It’s also the best way to temporarily house and transport them. Furthermore, it’s safer and easier for our vet techs to anesthetize the cat through a trap, as well as monitor the cat’s recovery post surgery.
Traps and equipment may be borrowed for up to 30 days, provided you are actively trapping and booking reservations with FixNation. All equipment must be returned promptly or upon request.
We do require a credit card and a driver’s license in order to check equipment out, but your card is not charged unless the equipment is not returned timely. If you don’t have a credit card, we can hold a refundable check or cash deposit instead. A replacement fee of $75.00 per trap is required if a trap is damaged, stolen or lost. There is also a $5 per day late fee if a trap is not returned promptly within the 30 day period.
We are a life-based organization and our mission is to help cats – therefore our traps are not to be used for any purpose other than trapping cats to bring in to FixNation to be spayed or neutered. They are not to be used anywhere else, for any other reason, whatsoever.
It’s imperative that you never leave open, set traps unattended for any length of time. You should always stay within earshot or eyeshot of your traps. A trapped cat is very vulnerable. There are those rare instances when a cat could get hurt going into a trap. Passersby may release a trapped cat, not knowing what your intent is, or worse yet, steal your trap altogether. Cars could accidentally run over a trap in an unattended parking lot. You could inadvertently trap another wild animal (i.e. skunk, opossum, raccoon) who may injure themselves trying to gnaw their way out of the trap (opossums often do this). Even when you think it’s safe in someone’s yard, sprinklers could go off around a trapped cat, or a stray dog could approach. Please do not ever put a cat in jeopardy by leaving traps unattended.
Traps need to be returned to FixNation fully cleaned. When returning traps, please ensure all newspaper and bits of food are removed and traps are scrubbed down with soap and water. Please also remove any FixNation masking tape ID letters (not the plastic trap ID tag, but masking tape ID letters) that may have been used at prior clinic reservations. These should be removed from both the trap and the cover, each and every time you bring the trap into the clinic.
If you do plan to TNR on an ongoing basis, we suggest you invest in one or two traps of your own. We prefer Tomahawk model traps; that is what the majority of our inventory is. Click here for more information on ordering your own Tomahawk trap today.