What is a Community Cat?
Did you know that the leading cause of feline overpopulation in North Texas is stray, feral, and free-roaming cats?
At HSNT, our goal is to transform these stray, feral, and free-roaming cats into what we refer to as community cats.
A Community Cat is a cat that has been fixed, vaccinated and eartipped then released back into the area from which it was captured. They are the unowned stray and feral (unsocialized) cats who live outdoors in our neighborhoods without a particular home or owner.
How HSNT Can Help
That is why HSNT offers services to our community to humanely prevent free-roaming cats from breeding through our Feral Cat Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Program and Return to Field (RTF) Program.
- TNR Program: The HSNT TNR Program is designed to serve feral cats who cannot be easily touched.
- HSNT offers a TNR Clinic on the first and last Tuesday of each month during which each cat can be altered, vaccinated for rabies, and ear-tipped for only $25.
- To participate, each cat must be in a humane trap or secure carrier. HSNT is able to loan a limited number of humane traps from our HSNT Spay & Neuter Clinic upon request.
- Trappers will be required to drop the cat off in the morning between 7:30 am and 9:00am and pick it up in the afternoon between 3:00pm and 5:00pm. After pick up, trappers should monitor the cat overnight before releasing it to where it was found.
- Find out more information by contacting our HSNT Spay and Neuter Clinic.
- RTF Program: The HSNT RTF Program is designed to save the lives of stray cats that come into HSNT through our admitting department. Stray cats must pass HSNT's medical exam to enter the program.
Why TNR and RTF Programs Are Important
When a feral or free-roaming cat is removed from your neighborhood it creates what is called the vacuum effect. Cats are territorial animals, so the stray cats in your area are actually preventing other cats from moving into their territory. If we simply removed this cat, you would most likely see more cats coming in to take over its territory, increasing the number of cats in your area. However, if we alter the cat and return it to its territory, we can ensure that new cats do not move in and the many problem behaviors such as marking, yowling, fighting, and breeding stop. In addition, this cat will help to prevent rodent infestations around your property. Also, over time, the number of cats in your area will dwindle.
TNR and RTF programs are considered to be the most effective and humane solution to stray cat populations.