Trap Neuter and Release

TNR Program Responsibilities:

1. The City will comply with Florida Statute Section 828.27 relating to local animal control or cruelty.

2. Deltona Code of Ordinances, Article VII. Trap, Neuter, Release program; Section 14-280 -authorizes a trap, neuter, and release program to address concerns about feral cats in Deltona.  Utilizing the following policies and procedures a proactive program has been developed to deal with both dog and cat issues as reflected in the City Code.

3. The City conducts a sterilization program as to both cats and dogs.  The City’s Program for cats is titled as the TNR or Return to Field (RTF) Program and for dogs as the Spay & Neuter Program.  Cats or dogs running at large will upon capture, be scheduled for evaluation of sterilization by the City.  A “managed” cat found running at large, upon capture, will be scheduled for sterilization, vaccinations and will have their ear tipped and returned to the location (RTF) where found and to become part of the closest volunteer management area. Prior to sterilization every dog and cat will be checked for a microchip to identify possible ownership.

4. The City’s TNR/RTF Program began on June 4, 2013, and works in partnership with the Halifax Humane Society, Redinger Clinic, Volunteer Area Managers and various veterinarian clinics that provide services to sterilize, vaccinate and ear tip the community cats as an alternative to euthanization.  The program assures that cats are humanely trapped, sterilized, medically treated and then returned to the field (RTF).

5. The City TNR/RTF Program provides as deliverables the following; (a) spay or neuter; (b) rabies and distemper shots; (c) ear tipping and pain medication; (d) additional charges for a pregnant cat; (e) payment for flea medication if cat is infested with fleas and requires treatment prior to surgery; (f) City provides birth control for managed area cats if funding is available; (g) City supplies traps to Volunteer Area Managers if available.

6. The City TNR/RTF Program does not pay for the following; (a) feline leukemia/FIV tests; (b) feline leukemia shots; (c) microchipping; (d) worming; (e) flea medications (unless required for surgery); (f) any other veterinary costs not related to the TNR/RTF Program.

7. The Volunteer Area Managers are responsible for trapping the cat, transporting the cat to the veterinary clinic, rehabbing the cat and returning the cat to the closest volunteer management area (RTF).

8. All tipped ear cats that are trapped by a City Animal Control Officer or residents of the City will be released unharmed in volunteer management areas – closest to where initially found (RTF). The City Animal Control Officer shall document where the cat was picked up/trapped to better locate the (RTF).

9. The City or the Designated Volunteer Area Manager will be notified of all tipped ear cats that are brought into the Halifax Humane Society (HHS), Southeast Volusia Humane Society (SEVHS) or by a resident.  Information about the location where the cat was picked up should be provided so that the cat will be returned to that location (RTF).

10. Every effort will be made to assess cats and kittens for possible placement in foster care for eventual adoption in coordination with Volunteer Area Managers.

11. Cats found suffering from terminal or untreatable illnesses or injuries are transported to HHS or SEVHS or a local veterinary partner for evaluation, treatment or humanely euthanized in consultation with the Designated Volunteer Area Manager whenever possible.  If this occurs after hours or on the weekend every attempt will be made to contact the Designated Volunteer Area Manager before transporting to the above-mentioned agencies.  If the cat is a part of a volunteer management area, then the City will discuss costs and payment with the Designated Volunteer Area Manager.  Communication between all affected parties is essential in all circumstances, but always when an emergency has occurred.

 City Responsibilities:

1. The City’s responsibilities will be carried out by the Building and Enforcement Services Director or his/her designee.  The City’s designated Animal Control /Code Officer will be the first responder to all animal issues-

2. Calls concerning animal issues received by the City will be logged with the date, name and telephone number (s) of the resident as well as a short summary of the reason for the call including relevant information, and then as applicable will be handled by an Animal Control Officer.

3. In response to cat issues, the City will be following the below- referenced procedures as follows;

           a. Explain the City’s mandatory TNR/RTF Program and further explain that within the City – animals may not be poisoned, killed or subjected to acts of cruelty per Florida Statutes Sections 828.12, 828.08, and 828.13. The City will enlist the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office if needed.

           b. Offer educational resources in order to deal with possible issues without removing the cat from the area.  Information is available on the City’s website which is also identical to the information available on Volusia County’s website.  This information is also sent out as an informational packet for concerned residents after the City offers a scripted discussion with the resident.  The City may also touch base with Bob Belt and the Concerned Citizens for Animal Welfare (CCFAW), who may provide additional information about deterring “naughty” cats.

           c.  Send an email of the logged cat request to the TNR/RTF Designated Volunteer Area Manager for coordination in addressing the potential issues.

           d. If the City receives multiple complaints (more than 1) about a “naughty” cat, the City will require that the resident to fill out an affidavit as to the cat’s misbehavior, with a description of the cat, and a description of the behavior that is causing problems or issues for the resident.  An Animal Control Officer will attempt to handle the problem and if necessary, coordinate with the Designated Volunteer Area Manager.

4. Resident trappers: the City does not pick-up “managed” community cats/kittens unless sick or injured.  If a cat is owned, it will be processed as an owner surrender – pursuant to the guidelines listed below.  The City will log the resident trap and coordinate with the Designated Volunteer Area Manager to address further trapping as needed.

 5. Trapped cats will be addressed as follows:

           a. “Volunteer Managed Area” Community Cat Tipped Ear – the City shall notify the Designated Volunteer Area Manager as to the location of where the cat was trapped so that the cat could then be returned to that location (RTF).

           b. “Volunteer Managed Area” Community Cat -no tipped ear:  the Animal Control Officer will make every attempt to contact the Designated Volunteer Area Manager to coordinate the transfer of the trapped cat to be scheduled for inclusion in the TNR/RTF Program.  All trapped cats will have a photo taken in accordance with the policy herein.

6. Kitten: every attempt shall be made to keep kittens with their mother.  Residents calling for a kitten pick-up will be made aware of the cost to the City ($94.00/kitten) and likely euthanization at a shelter.  Kittens in imminent danger will be picked up by an Animal Control Officer and every attempt will be made to find a foster home through the Designated Volunteer Area Manager - ASAP.  Kitten pickups must have the address logged for the Designated Volunteer Area Manager to facilitate getting the mother cat fixed.

7. Cats trapped after 3 PM Friday through all day Sunday will not be guaranteed a pick-up and trappers will be advised to hold the animal themselves until Monday or release the cat.

8. Lost and Found Animals:

           a.  All trapped or found cats and/or dogs that are running at large will be photographed and posted on the City’s Facebook page to facilitate finding the owners of a cat or dog that may be lost.

           b.  The City will attempt to microchip scan any animals in custody in an effort to try and locate the owner of these animals before transporting to the Halifax Humane Society or Southeast Volusia Humane Society. Lost animal reports will be documented and logged to help facilitate a return to the owner.

9. Owner Surrenders: If a cat or dog owner voluntarily surrenders an animal there is a $50.00 fee charged to the owner, but the City will then handle the animal as dictated by City Policy. 

Volunteer’s Responsibilities:

1. The Volunteer Area Managers (Area Managers) must provide a list of all Area Managers with contact information, telephone, and emails to the City. The Area Managers will designate one Area Manager as the primary contact for the City. The City will use the designated Area Manager as the primary contact person and that Area Manager will then communicate with other volunteers as necessary. 

2. The Area Managers must provide geographical locations as to all volunteer management areas maintained in the city and commit to the following:

           a.  Sterilize and vaccinate against rabies and distemper for all adult cats that are captured.  All cats that have been captured sterilized and vaccinated against rabies and distemper shall have their ears cropped by a licensed veterinarian with a single cut on the left ear at least one (1) inch from the outside tip of the auricle and have a microchip implanted for identification purposes.

  • Make every attempt to sterilize all kitten over eight (8) weeks of age and before they reach sixteen (16) weeks of age. 
  • Make every attempt to remove kittens from the volunteer management area before eight (8) weeks of age for domestication and placement.  
  • Make every attempt to remove sick or injured cats from the volunteer management area for immediate veterinarian care or humane euthanasia. 
  • Proof of sterilization, vaccination and medical records for all cats will be provided by the spay/neuter clinic(s) to the City upon request. 
  • Make every attempt to provide a temporary holding facility for cats trapped, impounded or held by the City before and after surgery in coordination with the City, if needed.

            b.  Feed the cats located in the volunteer management areas throughout the year, including ALL holidays in a controlled manner which will not cause the property to be strewn with trash, debris or litter.

           c.  Provide proof to the City that the cats that have been sterilized pursuant to the City’s TNR Program are in fact - Deltona cats.

           d.  Coordinate with the City on the use of City provided birth control if funds are available.

           e.  Area Managers will continue to work with the City AND acknowledge, understand and agree that any of the individuals assisting with the care and maintenance of the free-roaming/volunteer cat managed areas are not employees or volunteers of the City of Deltona nor are they associated in any manner with the City but rather they are independent contractors working without pay to help free-roaming cats in the Volusia County area.

           f.  All managed area cats trapped by the volunteers will have pictures taken and posted in cooperation and coordination with the City on the City’s website, Facebook page, and other social media/communication sites designated by the City.