What Is A Community Cat?
Did you know that the leading cause of feline overpopulation in North Texas is stray, feral, & free-roaming cats? At HSNT, our goal is to transform these stray, feral, & free-roaming cats into what we refer to as community cats.
A Community Cat is a cat that has been fixed, vaccinated & eartipped then released back into the area from which it was captured. They are the unowned stray & 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.
- 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 & last Tuesday of each month during which each cat can be altered, vaccinated for rabies, & ear-tipped for only $25. Thanks to a generous donor, the first 400 surgeries are free to cats. No appointment is necessary for our TNR Clinics.
To participate, each cat must be in a humane trap. HSNT is able to loan (with a $25 refundable deposit) a limited number of humane traps from our Animal Resource Center.
Trappers will be required to drop the cat off in the morning between 7:30 a.m. & 9 a.m. & pick it up in the afternoon between 3 p.m. & 5 p.m. 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 & Neuter Clinic.
Why TNR 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 & return it to its territory, we can ensure that new cats do not move in & the many problem behaviors such as marking, yowling, fighting, & 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 programs are considered to be the most effective & humane solution to stray cat populations.