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Community Cats and Shelter-Neuter-Return

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Published on November 15, 2016. Last modified on May 13, 2020

ear tipped catDid you know? 

  • Less than 2% of cats and owners will be reunited through our facility - this is true for other animal shelters as well.  However, left in place, almost 66% of cats lost from home are found by waiting for the cat to return on their own.
  • Feral or un-socialized outdoor cats cannot be safely adopted, but will endure increased stress and suffering while held at an animal shelter, in unfamiliar surroundings that they find frightening, with no hope of adoption.
  • Removing feral or free-roaming un-owned cats does not get rid of the cats, because removing one animal increases the resources available and actually encourages new cats to move into the area or allows them to be more successful at reproducing.

What does this mean?

Bringing cats to the shelter IS NOT the best option for either the cat or members of the community.

  1. If it is healthy and appears to be thriving, leave the cat where it was found. 
  2. Put up fliers in the area, and report the animal to the local shelter.
  3. Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) feral or un-owned cats in your neighborhood
  4. If cats are a nuisance, we recommend using yard deterrents AFTER they've been spayed/neutered.  Most nuisance issues go away when the cats are no longer reproductive.

What to expect from Monterey County Animal Services… 

  • Only injured or sick STRAY and feral cats in need of emergency treatment will be admitted.  
  • Healthy feral cats that have an ear tip will be referred back to their community for release or released by MCAS volunteers.
  • Information on clinics and organizations for spay/neuter and trap-neuter-release information.
  • Information on cat deterrents and how to deal with nuisance cats. (Call us to see if we have any to give!)
  • Healthy cats that do come in and can be released safely into their community, will go through our SNR program.  Cats will be spayed/neutered, vaccinated, ear tipped and then released back to their community.  

Resources

Community Cat in trapTrap Neuter Return General Information

Animal Friends Rescue Project - Feral Cats
www.animalfriendsrescue.org/feralcats.html
(831)333-0722
info@animalfriendsrescue.org

Alley Cat Allies (Information Only)
www.alleycat.org

The Cat Resource Center (Information Only)
www.CatCenter.org

Low Cost Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Programs (Update pending!)

Animal Friends Rescue Project-Feral Cats
http://www.animalfriendsrescue.org/feralcats.html
(831)333-0722
info@animalfriendsrescue.org

SPCA of Monterey County
https://www.spcamc.org/for-pet-owners/veterinary-services/
(831)264-5400 

Cat Deterrents 

Natural Deterrents

  • Sprinkle fresh citrus peels
  • Plant or spread rue

Install Outdoor Cat Repellents

  • CatStop Outdoor Cat Repellent
  • Contech CatStop Ultrasonic Outdoor Cat Repellent