Our area has a cat overpopulation problem.
We’ve been working hard on our Community Cat Program for more than two decades now and have substantially reduced the community cat population on the Peninsula. We need your help to keep cat populations in check; it doesn’t take long at all to undo all that hard work!
Community Cat Program
SPCHS endorses Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) as the only proven humane and effective method to manage community cat colonies.
TNR is the method of humanely trapping feral cats, having them spayed or neutered and vaccinated against rabies, and then returning them to their colony or where they were trapped to live out their lives.
TNR also involves a caretaker who provides food and adequate shelter and monitors the cats’ health. TNR has been shown to be the least costly, as well as the most efficient and humane way of stabilizing community cat populations.
Through TNR, feral and other community cats can live out their lives without adding to the homeless cat population. Community cats are prolific reproducers. Kittens as young as nine weeks can be spayed/neutered. Nursing females can be spayed when their kittens are eating solid food. If a community/feral cat has a caretaker, he will live a longer life.
After being spayed or neutered, cats tend to gain weight and live healthier lives. Spayed cats are less likely to develop breast cancer and will not be at risk for ovarian or uterine cancer, while neutered males will not get testicular cancer. By neutering male cats, you also reduce the risk of injury and infection, since intact males have a natural instinct to fight with other cats. Spaying also means female cats do not go into heat. That means they attract fewer tom cats to the area, reducing fighting.
Cat traps are available at the SPCHS Shelter for a refundable deposit of $50. Obtain a voucher at the shelter for a $7.50 spay/neuter at Oceanside Animal Clinic. You will need to schedule the spay/neuter in advance with Oceanside Animal Clinic. Their number is 360-642-2232.
Trapping Tips and Tricks Videos.
Our local Community Cat Advocate, Kathy Condron, can give advice.
- Feral Cat Care and TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return): A Beginner’s Guide
- How to Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Feral Cats
- Alley Cat Allies
- Northwest Spay Neuter Center