Feral Cats

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Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), a system supported by several national animal welfare organizations, is the most humane and effective method of controlling the feral cat population. The Richardson program focuses on coordinating the efforts of compassionate members of the community who serve as feral cat colony sponsors and feral cat colony caretakers. Whenever possible, young kittens and any friendly cats are removed for vetting and socialization, and placed for adoption.

What is a Feral Cat?
Feral cats are homeless, wild, or untamed domestic cats that have not been socialized to people. Uncontrolled, they continue to reproduce kittens that are only socialized to other cats and are afraid of people. According to the ASPCA, the number of feral cats in the U.S. is estimated to be in the tens of millions.

Priorities of the TNR program include:

  • Picture of a feral catIncreasing the number of feral cats that are spayed/neutered, vaccinated and adequately cared for by caretakers of feral cat colonies
  • Abating nuisances and other public health or safety threats caused by feral cats
  • Reducing the number of feral cats euthanized at the City’s animal shelter

What are the benefits of TNR?

  • Ends the breeding cycle and stabilizes the population
  • Reduces or eliminates nuisance behaviors such as spraying, yowling, and fighting
  • Reduces the number of cats subject to starvation, contraction of rabies, and other forms of suffering.
  • Lowers euthanasia rates due to the reduced number of cats and kittens flooding our animal shelter.

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To learn more or to participate in the program, please call Animal Services at 972-744-4480.