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Feral, un-owned cats are spayed / neutered at participating veterinary hospitals by appointment. The cost is $10 per cat and includes rabies vaccination and spay/neuter. This program is STRICTLY for feral/unowned cats. All cats will have their left ear "tipped" which is a universal sign for veterinarians and other cat caretakers that this animal has been altered. Cats must arrive in traps for the safety of the caretakers and veterinary office staff, cat carriers are not permitted. Traps are available for loan at participating hospitals ($50 check deposit required). Checks will be held until traps are returned.
Eligible cats are those that are:
Click here for a list of participating hospitals.
For Trapping Instructions click here.
What is a feral cat?
A domestic (friendly) feline that has been abandoned, lost or neglected and forced to live and survive on its own, is called a "stray". The offspring of these stray cats raised without human contact, develop a natural fear of people and become "wild". The wild offspring of domestic animals are called "feral".
Why do we have feral cats?
Human indifference is the root cause. This phenomenon is most often attributed to uneducated pet guardians who do not spay or neuter their pets, allowing them to roam and breed freely and others who cruelly abandon or neglect unwanted and unaltered pets.
How do feral cats survive?
Though there is a high mortality rate amongst feral cats, they struggle for survival, existing any way they can. They live and congregate anywhere there is a food source (dumpsters, behind restaurants and cafeterias, even our own backyards). All cats are territorial, and though forced to live in the wild, feral cats are social and emotional beings that seek interaction and companionship. They form and live in what we call "colonies".
A job to do…..
Great hunters, feral cats can help us in many ways, one of which is to help contain the rodent and vermin population. They also act as a buffer between human and rodent diseases such as rabies and the plague.
Can we humanely control the feral cat population?
Yes, Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) is a humane method of control, which first began in England in the late 1970's. Studies have proven that TNR is the single, most effective method of stabilizing and maintaining healthy feral cat colonies, with the least cost to government and residents. At the same time, it provides the best life for the cats themselves, and creates harmony and goodwill within communities.
What can you do to help prevent feline overpopulation?
Spay or neuter your pets. Educate others as to the benefits of spay / neuter. Stop pet abandonment and report those who do this inhumane act to the local authorities and participate in or financially support a TNR program.
To learn more about feral cats and how you can help them click here.
Additional feral cat resources for the New Port Richey Area-Countless Cats Rescue