What are Community Cats?
Unlike stray cats, who have once been a companion house cat and was abandoned or become lost, community cats are born outside and been living their life out there. A community cat has never lived with a human family and generally forms colonies, making their home wherever they can find food, avoiding human contact whenever possible. Tomcats prowl for mates, females become pregnant, and the cycle of reproduction continues.
Community cats have a home – outdoors. Adult community cats are part of all landscapes. They usually cannot be socialized and are content living outdoors. Feral kittens can often be tamed and placed in homes, but they must be socialized in their first weeks of life. This is a critical window and if they aren’t handled in time, they will remain feral and therefore unadoptable.
Trap, Neuter, and Return (TNR)
Trap, Neuter, and Return or TNR is a program in which stray and community cats already living outdoors in your city, town, or rural area are humanely trapped, then evaluated, vaccinated, and sterilized by veterinarians. Kittens and tame (stray) cats are adopted into good homes. Healthy adult cats too wild to be adopted are returned to their outdoor home to be cared for by local volunteers for the rest of their lives. This ongoing care creates a safety net for both the cats and the community. No more kittens are born, and the community cat population is reduced.
Eartipping for ferals is available at no additional charge. Eartipping allows residents and animal control officers to easily identify cats that are already sterilized and part of a managed colony. This saves the cat from unnecessary trapping and anesthesia after it has already been fixed, and cat trappers from trapping and spending money on already sterilized cats.