The following is information for those who want to help feral cats in our community.
Feral cats are cats that people typically can’t touch (not tame). They usually live outdoors in groups known as feral colonies. Many kind people feed feral cats but it is also very important to get them spayed or neutered since otherwise they will reproduce and their numbers will grow quickly. The most humane method of caring for feral cats is called Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) since the cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered and then returned to where they were living.
Where can I get Advice on Feral Cats and the TNR process?
Our website is a great place to start! Here you can:
- Report Stray or Unowned Cats
- Find low-cost spay and neuter clinics
- Find traps
- Find out how to trap
- Request assistance trapping or transporting cats
- Request education / intervention assistance
- Sign up to volunteer
Other great places for information include:
- Sacramento Area Animal Coalition’s (SAAC) website at www.sacanimal.org has information about feral cats and trapping tips. SAAC also has an e-mail list serve with about 300 animal rescuers andadvocates as subscribers, including feral cat caregivers. You can subscribe to this list, and then ask for help and advice by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Sacramento SPCA has information at www.sspca.org
- The Coalition for Community Cats (C4CC) is a network of Sacramento area feral cat caregivers and also has an email discussion group. To subscribe to their list and ask for help and advice, go to their website at www.coalition4cats.org. The C4CC also has trapping tips and colony management information.
- Alley Cat Allies at www.alleycat.org, a national organization based in Washington, D.C. is an authority on TNR.