Our Community Cat program is committed to enhancing the lives of cats in our community and strategically managing the population of Community Cats.
Community cats are unowned cats that live outdoors in the community. They may be feral or friendly, may have been born into the wild, or may be lost or abandoned pets.
As animal lovers, it’s natural for us to want to help a creature in need. Oftentimes, people believe that if they see a cat outside – maybe even coming around for meals every day – they need help. The truth is that generally, they don’t need our help. Most cats that you see outside are what we call Community Cats. These cats behavior may be feral or friendly. They may have been born in the wild and be accustomed to that lifestyle, or they could even be loved pets who have indoor-outdoor access and don’t need your help. With owned cats, often they are captured and taken somewhere else – whether that’s inside your home permanently, or to a shelter – this reduces their chances of being reunited with their family to less than 1%.
These cats DO need your help and intervention:
- Unhealthy Cats/Kittens – have you noticed limping, visible injuries, or discharge from her eyes and nose?
- Cats who are declawed
- Orphaned Kittens
If there are stray or feral cats in your community that need spay/neuter surgery, you can participate in our Community Cats program by trapping and transporting community cats to one of our shelters. Call our Pet Helpline at 412.345.0348 for more information on how to get involved!