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Community Cats

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On November 4, 2019, the West Hollywood City Council approved Ordinance No. 19-1089 establishing standards for a Trap-Neuter-Return program for Community Cats.  These new requirements became effective on January 2, 2020.

What is a Community Cat?

The term "Community Cat" means any stray or feral cat in the City. 

Feral Cats are those that are born in or has reverted to the wild, and is not domesticated or tamed. 

Stray Cats are cats that have been lost or abandoned and the pet guardian is no longer providing or attempting to provide care and lives outdoors; and exhibits the characteristics of being able to be successfully domesticated.

What is Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)?

“Trap Neuter Return” or “TNR” is the practice whereby community cats are humanely trapped, taken to a veterinary hospital or spay­-neuter facility where they are sterilized, vaccinated, ear tipped, and adopted or returned to their Colony to be cared for until the end of their natural life.

What is the purpose of TNR?

Trap-Neuter-Return programs are a very successful method of decreasing community cat populations. TNR programs succeed at the least cost to the public and provide the best possible life for the cats themselves. These are community-based programs that involve concerned citizens trapping free-roaming cats in neighborhoods, bringing them to a clinic to get them spayed or neutered, and then putting up for adoption those cats that may be domesticated, oftentimes kittens, or returning the cats to the exact location where they were trapped so they can live out the rest of their natural lives.

How do I obtain a TNR Permit?

If you are interested in obtaining a TNR permit, please complete and return the TNR Permit application to the Code Compliance Division. There is no fee for this permit.

Please make sure that you read the requirements for these permits.  They include trapping standards, feeding standards, and reporting requirements.  All of these standards are necessary to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the community and the cats themselves.

What if I have questions?

Many of your questions may be answered by reading Section 9.48.070 of the West Hollywood Municipal Code. 

If you still have any questions regarding Community Cats or the TNR permit process, please feel free to contact the Code Compliance Division at 323-848-6375.