Feral Cats & Hoarding
The charity can offer confidential assistance for those who recognize that they have too many cats or dogs. This is a consensual and collaborative approach that works on trust and respect in each direction and if you are in need of assistance please call our community team on 01228 560082 (please ask to leave a message for them – you may prefer to give a different reason for calling to avoid difficulty, until you get to speak to us). You can find out more about our hoarding response here.
We began a programme of trapping, neutering and returning (TNR) feral and free-roaming unowned cats in September 2015 and since then our Community Team has dealt with just under hundreds of feral cats and kittens. Our team will often be working through the night, monitoring traps and cages every 4 or 5 hours to ensure the welfare of the cats caught, and we have a current overall neuter rate of just under 99%. We will also work closely with you as the cats’ carer, carrying out the bulk of trapping and transporting to ensure the cats are neutered as quickly as possible. No charge is made for this work, however on average each cat costs us around £80 to deal with, so we will ask for a donation in many cases.
We work to guidelines endorsed by Cats Protection, International Cat Care, The International Society of Feline Medicine and the American Association of Feline Practitioners. All neutered cats are ear-tipped (the left ear trimmed) to mark them and avoid unnecessary recapture.
Our firm belief is that the best place for feral and semi-feral cats is remaining on site in the environment they are well used to, able to regulate their own daily routines and able to avoid confinement and involuntary close contact with humans. Neutering stalls the population growth and helps it to reduce. We do not therefore take in feral cats or feral kittens older than 9 weeks of age into the charity for rehoming. We understand that there are shelters and charities continuing to house older feral cats in catteries and attempting to tame them over weeks and months – this is something which we do not carry out for welfare reasons and in line with modern methods and the Code of Practice of the Association of Dogs and Cats Homes of which we are full members.
If you are in need of assistance in neutering a feral cat colony, please complete the form below. More information on our downloadable flyer.
What to do if you find a stray cat - download available here.
Click here to download an example of a paper collar you can print and use in the case of a potential stray cat.