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How to HELP a Stray Cat
1. Put out food & water every day
2. Provide shelter from winter weather
• Trap them safely
• Neuter to prevent overpopulation
• Return back to their own familiar territory outside OR find a home indoors for friendly cats (search for owner: check lost & found-NextDoor & Facebook; scan for microchip; post flyers)
Have you seen Cats that are “ear-tipped” or “notched”?
It’s the universal sign they’re a free-living cat who’s been spayed (female)/neutered (male) as part of TNR, Trap-Neuter-Return.
Please don’t re-trap ear-tipped cats or take them to a shelter, unless sick. Leave them in their familiar community where they provide pest and population control. Because they’re fixed, that means no more kittens. Find out if there is someone providing shelter and food or take on the rewarding task yourself. A colony of feral cats will return to the same spot at the same time every evening if they know a good meal is in store. Place the food down, walk away, and watch them gather for the feast! Don’t forget clean water and shelters for cold winters.
What Is TNR?
Nearly 75% of cats entering U.S. animal shelters each year are killed. Most are free-roaming, stray or feral cats, also known as community cats. Although some of these cats are perfectly adoptable to indoor homes, many are not.
TNR saves lives. Trap-neuter-return (TNR) entails trapping, neutering plus vaccinating, and returning community cats to their original outdoor locations. Studies show it’s the most humane method of preventing cats from entering the often-fatal shelter system, and it’s the most cost-effective.
TNR ensures community cats’ health and welfare. Once these cats are sterilized and vaccinated, they can live healthy, happy lives in their neighborhoods, where caring residents look out for them, a vast improvement over the failed trap-and-kill approach that’s been used for generations. TNR improves feral cats’ relationships with the people who live near them… and decreases the size of colonies over time.
What is Feral Affairs Network doing to help? FAN organizes and facilitates trapping, low-cost spay/neutering, vaccinating and releasing of community cats all over Hampton Roads, Virginia. Not only is FAN preventing thousands of births, but we’re also working with our local municipal and private shelters to offer successful alternatives to euthanasia.