A feral cat is a cat who has either never had any contact with humans or her contact with humans has diminished over time. She is fearful of people and survives on her own outdoors. A feral cat is not likely to ever become a lap cat or enjoy living indoors.
Trap-Neuter-Return is the humane and effective approach for feral cats and is successfully practiced in hundreds of communities in every landscape and setting. It is exactly what it sounds like: Cats are humanely trapped and taken to a veterinarian to be neutered and vaccinated. After recovery, the cats are returned to their home—their colony—outdoors. Kittens and cats who are friendly and socialized to people may be adopted into homes.
There are so many reasons to embrace and promote TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return)!:
- Stabilizes feral cat colonies
- Improves cats’ lives
- Answers the needs of the community
- Protects cats’ lives
- TNR works! – Other methods just don’t
TNR information provided by Alley Cat Allies, a national resource on feral cats. To learn more about TNR and feral cats, please visit their website at alleycat.org.
Friends For Life Options
- FFL can loan you a trap and teach you how to trap feral cats for a $75 fully refundable deposit.
- FFL’s Project WARM distributes feral cat houses for $20 each. If this presents a financial hardship, fee may be waived.
- FFL distributes kitten nursing kits for $10. If this presents a financial hardship, fee may be waived.
To inquire about these options, please contact FFL at 713-863-9835 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Local Options
Feral Cat Assistance Program: does not relocate or place cats but can sometimes help with trapping and spay/neuter -- www.cap4pets.org
Low cost spay/neuter facilities that will operate on feral cats:www.snapus.org
For more information about Feral cats visit our Feral Cat Resource Page