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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-25-2014, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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Any ideas on borrowing traps for free?

My local shelter rents out traps, but the guy I'm trapping/transporting for is low income and can't afford rentals. Any ideas on where I might be able to borrow some live traps? Looking for up to 6 but would take whatever I could get.

I'm in Olympia, Washington area but would be willing to drive a little to borrow some.


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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-25-2014, 09:34 PM
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I think MEOW will let you borrow them. They are in Kirkland though so it is a bit of a drive.


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Venus, is there a cat only rescue near you?
We have one, that will loan traps, free, and if there's enough cats, will even volunteer to help trap!
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The only one I can think of offhand is based out of Mason county and since this property isn't in the same county I don't know if that will work. I will contact them though. Thanks!


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MEOW is almost exclusively cats. I know they have traps other people use, I'm just not sure if they are rented or loaned. I think they just loan them.


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If you can afford it why not go to Home Depot or Lowes and buy one? By the time you drive a ways and spend money on gas, you would cover the cost. They had them at Tractor Supply here for $25 a couple weeks ago.

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If you can afford it why not go to Home Depot or Lowes and buy one? By the time you drive a ways and spend money on gas, you would cover the cost. They had them at Tractor Supply here for $25 a couple weeks ago.
Wait, what? $25?! That's insanely cheap! My "fancy" 2-door Tomahawk TNR traps set me back about $120 CND each. Granted, I pay a lot more because they're manufactured in the US and are really expensive to import, even for suppliers, but even if I were to drive to Wisconsin and buy direct from Tomahawk, the model I have would still cost about $65 (I have family in Wisconsin, so I have actually looked into the possibility of doing this).

Marcia, were the traps you saw specifically cat traps or were they non-specific traps intended for raccoons, and opossums, and other similar sized critters? Humane live traps intended for wildlife are typically a bit cheaper, and they can be used for cats, provided that you buy the appropriate trap and set them up properly; you do sometimes have to modify them a bit to increase your odds of success though--for example, taping cardboard to narrow trip plates to increase their size because, unlike raccoons and opossums, cats will sometimes avoid stepping on the plate and triggering the trap if they can step or lean over it and still reach the food.

Do you happen to remember the brand of trap, Marcia? $25 is a steal if they would work for TNR--especially if they're 2 door traps!

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My local shelter rents out traps, but the guy I'm trapping/transporting for is low income and can't afford rentals. Any ideas on where I might be able to borrow some live traps? Looking for up to 6 but would take whatever I could get.

I'm in Olympia, Washington area but would be willing to drive a little to borrow some.
Have you tried giving F.C.A.T. a call? They operate primarily in King and Pierce Counties, but, according to their website, they do offer support, including traps, to people with colonies outside of these areas; and, according to their FAQ they do lend out traps free of charge!

Feral Cat Assistance & Trapping dominion is not abuse or neglect

Their contact info is in the "about us" section of the site on the right-hand side of the page.

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GFA Catch and Release Live Animal Trap, Pack of 2 - Tractor Supply Co.

Non specific traps. 32 inches long so suitable for cats.

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