Stray Cat or Feral Cat?
A stray cat is not a feral cat. A stray is a cat who has been abandoned or who has strayed from home and become lost. Stray cats can usually be re-socialized and adopted.
A feral cat is an unsocialized cat. Either he was born outside and never lived with humans, or he is a house cat who has strayed from home and over time has thrown off the effects of domestication and reverted to a wild state.
Feral cats are not adoptable and should not be taken to shelters.
Trap and remove does not work. Not only would you have to continue to remove cats, but this process is extremely costly. Other cats simply move in to take advantage of the available resources and they breed prolifically, quickly forming a new colony.
Trap, neuter, and return works. No more kittens. Colony numbers gradually decrease. The annoying behaviors of mating cats, such as yowling or fighting, stop. The cats are vaccinated and they are fed on a regular schedule. This ongoing care creates a safety net for both the cats and the community.
Feral Cat Management Assistance
To participate in this program it is understood that feral cats are not permanently removed from their habitat or destroyed.
Second Chance has humane traps for loan to be used to transport feral cats to spay/neuter appointments and then return them back to their habitat.
We also offer testing and vaccinating feral cats against contagious diseases.
To get assistance with uncontrolled feral colonies in your area, or to learn more information on this program, call (970) 626-9713 or email our Veterinary Services.