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A feral cat is one that lives outside and is not socialized to humans. Feral cats can live long, healthy lives, content in their colonies, where they have access to food and shelter. However, an unmanaged colony can become a problem, with rampant breeding and the onset of problem mating behaviors.
What Can We Do With Them?
Feral cats should not be taken to the animal shelter, as they are not adoptable and can, therefore, only be euthanized. Catching and killing such cats is also an ineffective method; aside from the ethical considerations, when cats are removed from an area, survivors breed to capacity or new cats move in. The Trap-Neuter-Return method (TNR) is the most humane and effective method available to end the severe feral cat overpopulation crisis faced by this country. This method has been endorsed by national animal welfare groups, as well as many animal control departments, as the best option for feral cats and the communities they inhabit.
TNR stabilizes the colony size by eliminating new litters. It also reduces the nuisance behavior associated with unsterilized cats. TNR’s most measurable effect is that fewer cats/kittens flow through animal shelters, resulting in lower euthanasia rates and increased adoptions of shelter cats.
Humane Trap Rentals
We are happy to assist you in trapping, fixing and releasing your community's feral cats. Each cage requires a $40 deposit which will be refunded when you return the cage. Please call us for more information.
For more information on TNR, or for help with feral cats in Guilford County, please contact Feral Cat Assistance Program at (336) 378-0878.