Trap Rentals

How do I Get, Set, and Use a Trap? 

Nevada Humane Society offers high-quality TruCatch traps that can be loaned out to members of the community. We require a $10 rental fee for the use of each trap and a  replacement value deposit (generally $75) that will not be charged or collected unless a trap needs to be replaced. If you have financial limitations, we're more than happy to work with you! This fee, however, allows us to continue offering this service to the public and to begin replacing the many traps that have gone missing or been stolen in the past few years.

In general, we prefer that you reach out to our TNR Coordinators through email ( or phone (775-856-2000 ext. 337) to inquire about our traps. We rent traps out as available, so we might not have one available at the time you inquire. We’ll discuss with you what you need the trap for and how to best go about utilizing it. After you’ve been approved by a member of staff, you can come down to the shelter any day from 11am-6pm, excluding major holidays/weather-related closures.

Nevada Humane Society utilizes TruCatch box traps for our feral cats. Click here for an instructional video on how to best set the trap; please note that it is from a different organization, so some of their specific information is not accurate to Nevada Humane Society’s TNRM program. Click here for an instructional video on how to set up a Tomahawk Drop Trap. Community Cats Podcast hosts free educational webinars on trapping that are extremely helpful.

It is important to note that even if a trap is not yet available, the first and most vital step to trapping a feral cat is getting them on a strict feeding schedule. Cats are creatures of routine and habit, and it is important to:

1) be able to expect the cat at a specific time and place
2) be able to manipulate their food source

Cats should be fed once or twice a day, ideally in the early morning or late evening (near sunrise and sunset). There should only be enough food for the cats to eat within 30 or 60 minutes. If the cats seem to be arguing over the food, this is normal. There is a hierarchy in the colony, and it is important to not try and interfere with their social workings. They’ll figure it out, and getting the cats neutered will help with any territorial aggression!

Do not leave out excess food, as this WILL attract insects, pests, and additional cats that are likely being fed by others in the neighborhood. Feeding at low-traffic hours will also help the cats to stay out of sight of the general population, which will in turn help prevent them from being a nuisance.

Once a trap is acquired, the cats should be fed with the trap sitting close by. The trap should be rigged open without being set so that you can begin feeding the cats near the opening, and then further and further inside the trap each day, first without and then with a cover, so that the cats become accustomed to the setup. This will make it infinitely faster and easier to trap the cat when it comes time.

There are as many different ways to trap a cat as there are individual cats, so it will sometimes be trial and error to catch specific cats. Here is a guide on general tips and tricks for trapping feral cats.

Got a mom with kittens who's not taking the bait? Need to do some kitten-napping?