Trap, Neuter and Return Assistance Program

Applications are not being accepted at this time as FY 2023/24 funding has been exhausted. If additional funding becomes available, we will post that notification information here.

Chandler's Trap Neuter and Return (TNR) Assistance Program provides funding of up to $1,000 to registered neighborhoods within the city. The TNR Program empowers resident leaders, promotes resident participation, and improves the quality of life in Chandler neighborhoods. The assistance program is designed to assist in reducing the overpopulation of feral cat colonies in Chandler through education and neighborhood participation, resulting in neighborhood enhancement.

Registered Neighborhoods may apply for the assistance program more than one time as long as 12 months have elapsed from the last award. The number of awards is subject to available program funding. Assistance is intended to spur small grassroots community efforts and help improve the quality of life of each neighborhood through resident involvement. It is an opportunity for residents to learn the value of community and how neighborhood partnerships can be effectively invested to support strong and stable neighborhoods.

Please only begin the application process if your neighborhood is registered with the Neighborhood Registration Program or if you have updated the information in the last 12 months.



  • The application period is open from July 2023 - May 15, 2023, or until all FY 23/24 funds have been awarded.
  • Application response time may be up to 15 business days.
  • Applicant and supporter contact information provided on all neighborhood applications will be available to the public for the purpose of working with other neighborhood leaders to achieve the same goal.
  • Neighborhoods governed by a management company must receive approval from the neighborhood management representative.
  • Neighborhoods applying for assistance will be required to notify their neighborhood once approved.
  • Providing false information on any application may result in the suspension of applying for a neighborhood assistance program for up to 12 months.

Under the TNR Assistance Program, the city may provide an award not to exceed $1,000 for a neighborhood to implement TNR to assist in the overpopulation of feral cat colonies. No funds shall be paid out by the city toward this activity to any applicants.

Assistance is made possible by the collaborative work of the Animal Defense League of Arizona and the City of Chandler. Therefore, all TNR activity must be handled through the Animal Defense League of Arizona and billed through their organization.

To be considered for assistance, the applicants must comply with the following application requirements:

  1. The neighborhood leader/applicant must reside in the neighborhood applying for assistance.
  2. Supporters must work with a neighborhood leader as an individual representing the neighborhood acting for and on behalf of the neighborhood applying for assistance.
  3. Applicants and supporters must notify the entire neighborhood upon approval by distributing door hangers (provided by Neighborhood Programs) and posting on the neighborhood's social media. Please include the cat colony location/s and feeding stations.
  4. The neighborhood represented by the neighborhood leader must be a Registered Neighborhood with the City of Chandler Neighborhood Programs Division.
  5. Animal Defense League of Arizona (ADLA) will be required to provide appointment dates, neighborhood name, and individuals dropping cat/s off and picking up.

Trap, Neuter, and Return (TNR) Assistance Program implementation to assist humanely with the overpopulation of stray and feral cats in the neighborhood for which assistance is approved.

The award is payable to the vendor for the benefit of the neighborhood group only upon completion of the TNR. The TNR must be completed within 12 months of the award date.

If you have any questions regarding the application or process, please call the Office of Neighborhood Programs at 480-782-4348. Thank you for your interest in the TNR for Feral Cats Assistance Program and in your desire to make a difference in your neighborhood and the community.

Helpful Tips for Creating a TNR Plan of Action

It will be helpful if you can answer the following questions before contacting the ADLA to arrange a TNR effort:

  • Colony Status: (New, Well-Established, Re-opened, New cats/dogs Have Arrived, Unknown)
  • Location: (Description of where dogs/cats are commonly sighted)
  • Type of Property: (Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Farm, Etc.)
  • Number of Cats (Estimate)
  • Are there any kittens? (Yes, No, Unknown)
  • Do any of the cats look pregnant? (Yes, No, Unknown)
  • Do any of the cats look injured or sick? (Yes, No, Unknown)
  • Do you feed the cats? (Yes, No) •
  • Does anyone else feed the cats? (Yes, No, Unknown)
  • Is there any additional information they should know?

Call the Animal Defense League of Arizona at 602-265-SPAY (7729) to arrange a TNR event for your neighborhood.

For detailed trapping instructions or TNR information, visit the Animal Defense League of Arizona