Striving to Educate
Our mission at Billy the Kidden Rescue is to not only save the lives of cats and kittens in the Hampton Roads area, but to also educate the community in order to further expand awareness and knowledge in a variety of areas related to cat and kitten rescue and care.
For this reason, we provided this page to offer resources and support!
THE TRUTH about that "FREE" cat trapper:
Are you one of those people that post about all these cats at your job site that need to be gone IMMEDIATELY?
All these cats having babies running rampant in your neighborhood, that either need to be fixed or taken away right now? All the cats in your apartment complex that howl all night?
I can bet when you post, someone always steps up to help you FREE OF CHARGE, or they at least tag other people that may be able to help you FREE OF CHARGE.
Well, guess what? That FREE OF CHARGE to you is not FREE OF CHARGE to the cat trapper.
You see, in order to trap cats, a trapper needs traps. Good traps cost anywhere from $70 up to $120 per trap. A trap alone won't work because you need to entice the cat to walk in, so you need cat food. That can cost about $1 per can, up to $30 per case (pending how many your trapping).
Even though you put food in, you need to put something on the bottom of the trap to make it comfortable so that the cat will want to go in to get the food.
That means you need newspaper. Newspaper nowadays can run $2.50 +. Once the cat is in the trap, they freak out until you cover it. That means you need sheets or blankets. Sheets and blankets start at about $2.50 and up.
Unfortunately, you can't just throw a twin, queen or king size sheet/blanket on the trap and think you're not gonna trip on it. So, someone has to spend their time cutting these sheets and/or blankets down to sizes for the traps. or hope someone else can do it for them.
So the cat is now in the trap, he/she is covered. Where do you put the cat? The cat goes in the trappers truck. Even though you've got newspaper under the cat, chances are it got all bundled up when the cat freaked and when the cat pees or poops, its gonna go all over the trappers truck.
So, the trapper uses a water proof pad/blanket to go under the traps, on the floorboard. Those pads range from $20 and up.
From here, where does the cat go until it's spay/neuter appointment/walk in (clinics-$60, some animal controls-free, some shelters-low cost)?
The cat/s have to go to someone's house to wait. Once at the house, you need to put something under the traps so pee doesn't get on your floor or carpet. You need another waterproof pad or lots of puppy pads (these cost $12 or more).
The cat now has to be fed and the newspaper has to be changed out because it's either wet, ripped up or has poop on it. To help do this, so the cat doesn't escape, you can use a divider ($22 and up).
The divider goes thru the trap so there's no opening at all for them to escape because they're blocked in.
The next morning the trapper takes the cat/s to a clinic or walk-in tnr. That's time out of their already busy schedule. Most trappers also microchip the cats they spay/neuter so we either pay to use the clinic's chips or bring our own ($12 or more).
Later that day they can pick the cat/s up, which equals more time out of the trapper's schedule.
The cat can't be released until the next day, so again, the cat/s have to go to someone's house, be fed and have the newspaper changed out.
The next day, the trapper has to drive back to where they trapped the cat/s from in order to release them, all before going to work.
Once this is over, the trapper has to disinfectant each trap they used and wash the waterproof pad before the next round of trapping.
Think about this: the trapper came to you to trap, took the cats somewhere, took the cats to clinic, went back to their life, drove back to clinic to pick them up, took them back somewhere, picked the cats back up and drove them back to be released, then drove back to their normal life.
All that took gas in their truck. Which as you know, gas is not cheap.
If you're still a little confused after reading this, I'll make it clearer: Trappers have spent hundreds, if not thousands of dollars just to help you FREE OF CHARGE.
Donating money, cat food, microchips, newspaper, blankets, sheets, traps, puppy pads, waterproof pads to cat trappers helps more then you'll ever know!