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Trap banks

Free trap rentals

Traps for TNR projects can be borrowed at no cost by TNR-certified individuals in New York City. Make reservations at least two weeks in advance of your trapping dates and after you've scheduled your spay/neuter appointments. Remember to borrow a couple of trap dividers, too. When you're done, return the traps on time and clean, so they'll be ready to go for the next caretaker (see cleaning instructions at the bottom of this page). Cages, feral cat dens and other equipment may also be picked up at the Neighborhood Cats trap banks.

Bronx

Who:  Bronx Tails (a limited number of traps are available at this location)
Where:  Exact location provided upon reservation
When:  By appointment
How:  Text Jamie at (917) 499-2985 or email tnrjamie@gmail.com

Brooklyn

Who:  Neighborhood Cats
Where:  Public Storage, 30 Prince St., Brooklyn, NY  11201 (near Manhattan Bridge)
When:  By appointment only
How:  Reserve online

Queens

Who:  ASPCA
Where(as of Aug. 1, 2021) 70-25 83rd St., Glendale, NY 11385 
When(as of Aug. 1, 2021) By appointment Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30am to 3pm  (Note: rescuers dropping off cats for surgery in the morning can pick up traps after intake is completed - enter 10:30am as the appointment time)
How:  Log into the ASPCA Rescuer Services Scheduler, then click on "Reserve Traps."
NOTE:  Trap loans from the ASPCA are available only to individuals who reside in NYC and had a rescuer account on the ASPCA platform as of September 13, 2021.
Deposit:  $50 deposit per trap by check; equipment must be returned within 14 days. 

Staten Island

Who:  Neighborhood Cats
Where:  Tottenville, Staten Island, zip code 10307 (exact location provided upon reservation)
When:   Saturdays 10:00am - noon.  Also by appointment Monday through Thursday, 7pm - 9pm 
How:  Reserve online

Who:  NYC Feral Cat Initiative
Where:  Great Kills, Staten Island, NY 10308 (exact location provided upon reservation)
When:  By appointment
How:  Email sicatman@aol.com

Cleaning Traps & Equipment

At the end of each trapping project, thoroughly clean the traps and any other equipment used, like trap dividers or cages, to prevent the spread of disease. First scrub off any loose materials, then dip in a bleach solution. Scrubbing should be done first to ensure the bleach solution effectively sterilizes all surfaces.

A diluted solution of 1 part bleach to 32 parts water (1: 32) will kill most common feline viruses, including distemper. The bleach must contain at least 5.25% sodium hypochlorite, the active ingredient. Check the label of the container. Most "ultra" bleaches have the required amount. If ringworm may be present, one cleaning with undiluted bleach or several cleanings with a 1: 10 bleach to water solution will kill the spores.

Use a 30 gallon Rubbermaid or similar-sized trash can to dip the traps. Fill the can with water to within a few inches of the top, then carefully pour in a gallon of bleach. This will be slightly stronger than a 1: 32 bleach solution. Use rubber gloves and safety goggles to prevent injury from splashing and wear pants and a long-sleeve shirt for added protection. If you do accidentally get bleach solution on your skin, wash it off immediately and apply Aloe Vera gel to mitigate any burns.

Dip one end of the trap all the way into the trash can, then lift up, turn it over and dip the other end as well. Allow to air dry then rinse with a hose.