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Latest News

Caretaker Meeting Cancelled

The caretaker meeting scheduled for October 25 has been cancelled.

New Office Hours

Our Grayslake office is open by appointment and
Tuesday: 2-4 pm
Friday: Noon-2 pm

Got Cats?

Spay and Stay works with compassionate individuals and local governments to humanely control the growth of the feral cat population in Lake County, Illinois using trap-neuter-return. We link people who care for feral cats with five veterinary clinics in the area to perform spay/neuter surgeries.

How We Work

  1. Call us at 847–289–4557 or e-mail us at to reach one of our volunteers to see if your cats are eligible for our program. (If they are not eligible, we will refer you to a group that can help.) Do not trap cats before contacting Spay and Stay.
  2. Complete the caretaker registration form and fax, e-mail or mail it to us.
  3. Once your caretaker registration form has been confirmed by Spay and Stay, we will call you to arrange:
    • Borrowing a Spay and Stay trap
    • Scheduling an appointment with one of our veterinarians.

Need more information? Read about the Spay and Stay process.

Remember, we cannot accept cats that have been trapped before you contact us.


Trapping Webinars from Petsmart Charities (free)

You can watch a recording of the webinars. The recordings are posted approximately one week after the live session. To view a recorded session you will also need a Petsmart Charities "learning community" account. Use the search box on the learning communities page to look for the recorded session.

Trapping 101 April 9 at 12:00 p.m. PDT
Learn the basics of trapping, including what equipment to use, how to use it, different kinds of bait, items to bring along and special tricks.

Drop Traps: A Trapper’s Best Friend
April at 12:00 p.m. PDT
Learn to use a drop trap to catch difficult cats, pick out select cats from a colony and speed up the process of TNR’ing an entire colony.

Neonatal Kitten Care Webinars from Alley Cat Allies (free)

Learn how to care for neonatal kittens (kittens zero to four weeks old). The series of 90-minute online presentations includes sessions geared toward rescue organizations, fosters, shelter staff, veterinary staff, and others who want to help save kittens.

If you missed the live webinar, you can watch a recording.

Next Neonatal Kitten Care Session: April 18 at 1 p.m. EST


Embrace your Feral Side with Spay and Stay Gear

 Check out the short ($15) and long-sleeved ($20) versions of the Spay and Stay t-shirts with "You catch 'em, we fix em." on the back in gold lettering and an ear-tipped cat on the front.

In addition, the reusable tote bag ($12) has an ear-tipped cat on the outside and an interior pocket. The handy strap allows for it to be carried on the shoulder.

The 2014 Community Cat Calendar features pictures of colony cats as well as adopted cats. This year's calendar was created by an artistic caretaker and another caretaker's daughter who is majoring in design at ISU. Calendars are $12 plus S&H.

Download the order form and get your gear today!

All of the proceeds from these items benefit spay/neuter and medical care for homeless cats. Help Spay and Stay spread the word about trap-neuter-return by showing your friends your feral side. Thanks for taking a look at these items and check back for future announcements.