Feral Cat FAQ:
TNR is an effective and humane way to reduce the feral cat population. Through this program, feral cats are trapped, spayed/neutered, vaccinated and returned to where they were found with a volunteer/caregiver providing food and water on a daily basis. Friendly stray cats can be placed into loving, responsible homes through our adoption program, pending foster availability. Spaying/neutering and responsbile pet ownership are the ONLY humane ways to stop the breeding and reduce the feral cat population.
Cats are territorial animals and form strong bonds with the location they inhibit. Relocating feral cats - and convincing them to stay in their new territory - is a difficult, time-consuming and challenging undertaking. Trapping and killing does not solve the problem because new cats will move in and take over the food source.
Facts about feral cats and feline overpopulation:
- Feral cats are cats who grew up without human socialization or stray cats who have lived outside long enough, revert to being wild.
- Feral cats usually cannot be tamed and are most content living outside. They often live in family groups called colonies.
- Stray cats are cats who have been lost or abandoned but are not wild (even though some may join a feral colonly). Stray cats can usually be re-homed.
- It is estimated that there are tens of millions of stray and feral cats in North America.
- Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) the only humane way to reduce the feral cat population. Colonies are humanely trapped, spayed/neutered and vaccinated.
- Kittens and friendly stray cats are spayed/neutered can be placed into loving homes. Feral cats are returned to their colonies to live out their lives.
- TNR works; the feral cat population is gradually reduced. Bad behaviors associated with breeding like yowling and spraying are usually eliminated. The cats live healthy, safe and peaceful lives in their colonies.
Ways to help:
- Make a monetary donation to local rescues/TNR groups.
- Spay/neuter your own pets.
- Educate everyone you come in contact with.
- Act as a foster home. We are a small, all volunteer 501c3 non-profit organization. We do not have a shelter; all of our adoptable cats are in a network of foster homes. The more foster homes we have, the more cats we can take in and save. We can give you the support you need to foster!
- Volunteer to help with TNR.
- Act as a caregiver for one or more colonies. Provide food and water daily, monitor the colony for newcomers who need to be spayed/neutered and for sick/injured cats who need medical attention.
There are many ways to help the Community Cats of your local area. Some Animal Services branches will help you with TNR. They'll provide traps, educated you on how to use them (or you can search the internet for articles and videos) and some may provide FREE
spay and neuter. Some think, "well it's not my cat, so...." It's OUR
community. It's OUR
responsibility. If you know there are stray cats in your area, please do your part to curb overpopulation and find out how to get them fixed a.s.a.p.! Kittens 4-6 months of age can start having babies and they don't care with whom. They can breed with siblings, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, anyone. Once the hormones kick in, the breeding begins.
To find out about TNR and assistance in your area, contact:
Orange County: http://www.orangecountyanimalservicesfl.net/ProgramsServices/TrapNeuterReturn.aspx
Osceola County: https://www.osceolacountypets.com/about-community-cats/