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What Is a Feral Cat?

Feral ca
ts are the offspring of stray or abandoned pets that are not spayed or neutered. Female cats can become pregnant at five months of age and can give birth several times each year. Without early human contact, their kittens become feral and begin the cycle of breeding again.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, tens of millions of un-owned cats live outdoors, and most rely on humans for food and shelter. These cats can be truly un-socialized ferals or friendly strays that have been lost or abandoned.

What Is Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)?

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the only pro
ven and humane method of managing feral cat colonies, and is endorsed by leading animal welfare organizations such as the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to  Animals (ASPCA).

Feral cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, ear-tipped (the universal symbol of a sterilized feral cat), and returned to their outdoor homes, where they are monitored by caretakers. Research has shown that, when correctly implemented, TNR stabilizes and reduces feral cat populations, eliminates undesirable behaviors associated with mating, and is more effective and cost-efficient than lethal control

How Can You Be Part of the Solution?

Spay and neuter your pets. Cats can begin reproducing as early as five months of age, so they should be sterilized by that age, or 
younger. Cats can give birth several times a year, and each litter adds to the millions of cats across the country competing for homes. Close to  two million cats are euthanized each year in shelters and animal control facilities nationwide. In addition to population control, sterilization can also eliminate unpleasant behaviors of intact cats, such as fighting and spraying. 

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