Cat Alliance | Trinity (CAT) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all-volunteer group of faculty, staff, students, and neighbors. It operates independently from the University and receives no University funding.
A Local Leader
Trinity University was the first college campus in San Antonio to implement a Trap-Neuter-Return program for cats. The Cat Alliance has served as a mentor for programs at several other college campuses in the city.
Trinity’s Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Program
Caring for New Cats
CAT keeps a registry of cats on campus. Whenever a "new" cat is identified, it is:
- Humanely trapped
- Transported to a veterinarian for neutering, vaccination, and ear tipping
- Returned to campus
A tipped ear is a nationally-recognized indicator that a feral cat has been neutered and is part of a managed colony. Please note that several of our neutered cats did not receive an ear tip at the time of their surgery.
An exception to the standard approach to new cats applies to kittens found at a very young age or to extremely tame strays. The Cat Alliance is sometimes able to find homes for these adoptable animals.
Caring for the Cat Colony
Established colonies tend to repel new cats, which helps stabilize the population.
The Cat Alliance feeds Trinity’s cats year round. Students handle most of the feeding during the school year, whereas faculty, staff, and friends feed the cats during summer break and University holidays.
OUR FELINE FRIENDS
Meet the Cats
This listing of cats is current as of January 2021. Any and all cats on campus—whether old friends or new arrivals—are considered to be part of the CAT program.
Beau is the last remaining of a litter of six kittens born at the Art building in 2006. He is very friendly and will greet any and all who park in Lot M with a very vocal “Hello! Where’s my lunch?” He loves to cool off in the grassy lawn behind Dicke-Smith.
Dit is one of Trinity’s senior citizens, born sometime around 2005 in a litter of all black cats! She takes awhile to warm up to people, but once she does, she really loves to have her chin scratched. She has an ear notch, the sign which indicated fixed cats before ear tipping became the national standard.
Trinity appeared at Beze in about 2014. He loves students, and misses them terribly during holidays or long absences. He is afraid of Dit, who is sometimes grumpy. He likes to adopt a Beze room each year, hoping students will let him in to stay cool or warm in difficult weather. Sometimes students build “cat houses” for him on their balconies.
Fern is the queen of the Coates station. It took her a few years to get comfortable with strangers, but now she is always willing to receive pets from the select humans she deems worthy. She likes to have her long fur brushed. She has been on campus for about 4 years, but her age is unknown.
Felix was born at Murchison in 2010. His usual hangout is Cardiac Hill, where he greets all friendly passersby and can sometimes be coaxed to do a high-five
Sonny began life as a TriniCat in about 2010, and was so feral that only one groundskeeper could feed him. When the groundskeeper left, Sonny decided that perhaps he could be friends with humans after all. Now he is very friendly, although he is still the captain of his station and lets the other cats know it.
Riker (Sonny’s “Number One”) is like Sonny’s brother, only fluffy. He is extremely loving, and likes to have the stickers brushed from his fur. He appeared on campus in 2017.
Jupiter is also a sweet boy, having arrived at Trinity in 2015. The three bachelors of Isabel, Jupiter, Sonny, and Riker like to play rough sometimes.
Little Black Kitty and LBK2 are the two other cats living at Isabel. However, they are both very shy and are usually only out before dawn or after dusk. They are both all black, and we don’t have pictures of either one!
Marrs McLean Station
Flora and Fiona are sisters and were born under the Marrs McLean building in 2012. They began life so feral that the Cat Alliance was not sure if they could be fed. However, rumors began to spread about a man who walked his dog through campus every day and how the cats would run out to greet the dog and rub on her. Sure enough, Trinity University’s neighbor Richard and his dog Abbey managed to completely tame the sisters, and they still meet up regularly!
Pistol was born in the Miller-Calvert complex in 2005. She is probably the oldest cat on campus. We recently lost her two brothers Tux and Teenager, and she misses them. She is quiet and gentle.
Jett has been the unofficial Miller-Calvert mascot since about 2009. He loves to relax in the Calvert lounge, and usually selects one student each year to “adopt” him.
Sabrina is the sweetheart of campus. She loves to visit with students as they pass into North-South Foyer, and can often be seen sitting in the lap of anyone willing to sit still. She has been a Trinicat since about 2014.
Rambo is a relative newcomer to Trinity. He came with a severe injury. Though the Cat Alliance tended to him, he has some permanent damage that makes it difficult for him to eat. He is still very skittish, but we hope he will relax and enjoy his new life as a TriniCat as he learns to trust humans.
Leo is one of Dit’s brothers. He disappeared for several years and then came back! We guess he was on a walkabout. He lives in a tree at the corner of TUPD, and really, really loves his food.
Piper was born under the TUPD house in 2011.
Biggy appeared in 2019. He is—not surprisingly—big, and also very loving. At breakfast time he can’t decide whether to eat or get petted. He usually opts for pets. He loves to follow one of our neighbors on her walk around the lower campus track.
SHOW YOUR LOVE
Volunteer and Support
You are invited to join the Cat Alliance and work with Trinity’s beloved Trinicats. If you are interested in finding out more about volunteer and support opportunities, please contact CAT.
General Volunteer Positions
Help feed the campus cats! Feeders usually feed one station, once or twice per week, with food provided by the Alliance. This is an easy and fun way to get involved, and is popular with students, faculty, and staff alike.
The Cat Alliance holds an informational meeting for new feeders at the beginning of each school year, and a feeding schedule is made at that time.
Summertime and Break Feeders
Since CAT feeds the cats every day of the year, feeders are needed during the summer and holidays, when most students are away from campus. If you want to help feed the cats but can't commit to an entire semester, these shortened shifts might be perfect for you. Email us for more information.
Fundraiser Table Workers
The Cat Alliance holds fundraisers on campus twice a year: in October (t-shirts) and April (Fiesta medals, a San Antonio tradition). You can help by taking a turn tabling.
The work is easy and does not require a big time commitment, though it does offer a great opportunity to meet other members of CAT.
Please contact the Cat Alliance for any issues concerning identifying cats, sick or injured cats, cats needing rescue (in trees, on roofs, etc), cats in traps, or sighting of new cats or kittens.
Steffanie Mortis Stevens:
For emergencies, call Mindy Morales at 210-478-9459.
If you cannot reach her, please call TUPD's non-emergency line at 210-999-7070.
Do not call the City of San Antonio Animal Care Services (ACS) or 311.