Cat Alliance | Trinity (CAT) manages the Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program for cats at Trinity University. The Cat Alliance cares for all free-roaming cats on campus—both stray and feral—by feeding, neutering, vaccinating, and providing for veterinary care as needed. We are an all-volunteer group which includes faculty, staff, students, and neighbors.
Trinity University was the first college campus in San Antonio to implement a TNR program and Cat Alliance | Trinity has served as a mentor for programs at several other college campuses in the city.
How the TNR program at Trinity works
Feeding stations located throughout campus serve as bases for the colonies and help us to keep track of the cats' activity. Cats are fed daily year round, with students handling most of the feeding during the school year and faculty, staff, and friends of CAT feeding during summer break and over University holidays.
Established colonies tend to repel new cats, which helps stabilize the population. We keep a registry of the cats, and whenever a "new" cat is identified, it is humanely trapped, transported to a veterinarian for neutering, vaccination, and ear tipping, and then returned to campus. An exception applies to kittens found at a very young age or to extremely tame strays: we are sometimes able to find homes for these adoptable animals.
The tipped or notched ear is the nationally-recognized indicator that a feral cat has been neutered and is part of a managed colony. Note that several of our neutered cats did NOT receive an eartip at the time of their surgery. Please contact us to verify the identity of any campus cat.
We currently have 24 cats living on campus.
Cat Alliance | Trinity does not function as a rescue or sanctuary for cats and, per our agreement with the University, we cannot accept additional cats from outside Trinity into our colonies. We are, however, happy to provide instruction in how to trap and information about managing cats in colonies off campus.
CAT operates independently from the University and receives no University funding. We rely entirely on donations to cover the cost of surgeries, vaccinations, and food for the cats.