PIT stands for Pinellas Independent Trappers. You are eligible to join if you are a caregiver who can independently get the free-roaming community cats for whom you care into traps and transport them for spay/neuter surgery.
Some unowned cats can be handled by their caregivers, while others can’t be touched by humans. Caregivers to either, or both, can be PIT Crew. Here’s how it works:
- PIT Crew candidates should register their cats on CatStats here on our site (https://www.catstats.org/meownow), if they haven’t done so already.
- Email us, letting us know that you are willing to trap the cats you care for. The e-address for PIT crew use is firstname.lastname@example.org. If you haven’t trapped before, no worries. We will email you our Trapping Protocol and you will see that anyone who can lift a cat in a trap can do it. Friends, family, and neighbors are often eager to help as well.
- We will get in touch to loan traps and schedule a surgery date. PIT crew participants transport their trapped cats directly to and from the surgery location, keeping them in traps in a safe, sheltered spot, both pre- and post-op for recovery. The goal and expectation is that PIT crew caregivers will TNVR 100% of the community cats in the colonies for whom they care.
- As always, we request a $35 donation per cat from all who are able. This is a minimum, as surgery costs can range up to $60. We welcome all who are fully able to cover the cost to do so.
PIT Crew enable more TNVR to be accomplished, while caregivers have the comfort of knowing that their cats are vaccinated, and that the colony will not grow due to kittens being born. It is a win/win for all.