Part of Ireland's TNR Manual
How to Help Community Cats
For labelling traps and equipment with your details. Also for communicating information to vet staff and other trappers, such as the date, cat description, exact location where cat was trapped, and observations, such as noticeable injuries.
TNR Carrier Card Label
The carrier card label enables you to easily provide your vet with details of each cat (appearance, gender, socialisation, health issues) and clarify the services required (eartipping, treatment requirements). It can also provide an additional tracking system for yourself.
An example TNR Carrier Card Label is available for download here. Please feel free to adapt it to suit your needs - we adapted ours from Alley Cat Allies' labels.
The pdf has two identical labels. Cut them apart. Fill them in for each cat trapped, loop it through the carrier handles (whether the carrier is a trap or a cage) and attach the ends with tape or staples, like a luggage label. Make sure your vet and/or her staff know to check the labels!
Identifying Your Equipment
It's important to identify your equipment as yours. We label all our equipment with our contact details. In addition, we use spray paint to mark items as ours, including traps, cages, doors, dividers, food bowls, etc. This means any mislaid equipment can easily be returned to us, and also makes sharing equipment with other organisations much simpler and less confusing - so long as organisations you work with all use different coloured spray!
Trap ID Label
An example Trap ID Label is available for download here. Please feel free to adapt it with your own contact details.
We reduce the size of our label for printing. We track our traps by numbering them, and include the number of the trap on its label. The labels are then folded in half and enclosed in a waterproof, durable, transparent cover. The label is then attached to the trap with a cable tie. Ensure when attaching the label that it remains waterproof.
Note: Some traps can be engraved with your contact details when you purchase them - this is the best option of all.
Equipment ID Label
An example Equipment ID Label is available for download here. Please feel free to adapt it with your own contact details.
Again, we've two labels per sheet. We cut them apart and fold them so that the logo is on one side and contact details on the other. We add the number we're using to identify the equipment, then enclose the label in a waterproof, durable, transparent cover and attach them to the equipment with a cable tie.