A community or feral cat is one that lives outside and is not socialized to humans. Community cats can live long, healthy lives, content in their colonies, where they have access to food and shelter. However, an unmanaged colony can become a problem, with rampant breeding and the onset of problem mating behaviors.
What Can We Do With Them?
Community cats should not be taken to the animal shelter, as they are not adoptable and can, therefore, only be euthanized. Catching and killing such cats is also an ineffective method; aside from the ethical considerations, when cats are removed from an area, survivors breed to capacity or new cats move in.
The Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return method (TNVR) is the most humane and effective method available to end the severe community cat overpopulation crisis faced by this country. This method has been endorsed by national animal welfare groups, as well as many animal control departments, as the best option for community cats and the communities they inhabit.
TNVR stabilizes the colony size by eliminating new litters. It also reduces the nuisance behavior associated with unsterilized cats. TNVR’s most measurable effect is that fewer cats/kittens flow through animal shelters, resulting in lower euthanasia rates and increased adoptions of shelter cats.
We spay and neuter community cats here for a fee of $45. This fee includes an antibiotic injection, a rabies vaccine, a Capstar (24-hour flea treatment), and an ear tip.
We accept community cats here Monday - Thursday from 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM.
They must be picked up the following day between 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM.
If they are picked up at 9:00 AM or later we charge a $30 late fee.
Community cats must be brought in humane traps, we will not accept them in pet carriers. If you need to rent a trap, see below.
Humane Trap Rentals
We are happy to assist you in trapping, fixing and releasing your community's free-roaming cats. Each trap can be rented for 2 weeks, a security deposit of $40 is required which will be refunded when you return the trap. Please call us for more information.