Helping Community Cats
A community cat is a stray or feral cat that lives outside in the community. These cats may live in groups (called colonies), with one or two other cats. These can be prime areas for overbreeding, especially when the weather is warm and cats are out roaming and reproducing at a faster pace than in colder weather.
If you find it is your calling to help care for the cats in your neighborhood, there are some things you can do.
Find out if there is a TNVR program in your neighborhood. TNVR stands for trap, neuter, vaccinate, return. Good Samaritans, as well as animal shelters and rescue organizations, humanely trap community cats, neuter or spay, ear tip, vaccinate and then return the cats back to where they were found.
Speak with your neighbors and get them involved; do it together! TNVR will put an end to unwanted litters and the keep the community cats healthier. It will also eliminate behavior such as yowling and most fighting, since the females will be spayed.
Our Community Outreach Program at our Port Washington, NY Adoption Center provides education and support to the local community on how to help these cats live long and healthy lives, while at the same time reducing the population through TNR and adoption of ‘friendlies.’ You can learn more about this program by visiting animalleague.org/communityoutreach. You can also check with your local shelter or humane society on programs in your area.