Feral Cats and our “Trap, Neuter and Return” programme

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Our Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) program was launched in September 2015 and to date (September 2020), our Community Team has successfully Trapped, Neutered and Returned over 1000 feral cats and has brought hundreds of feral kittens into our rehoming centre for socialising and rehoming. 

Our team will often be working throughout the night in order to carry out the trapping of feral cats in Cumbria. Traps are monitored every 3-4 hours during the night and our team works closely with feral cat carers to ensure the welfare of the cats is never compromised. 

Whilst we do not charge for our Trap, Neuter, Return service, each cat we help costs our charity around £80 so we do ask for donations where possible. 

Did you know, many feral cat colonies we help are in double digits? Recently, we have supported many 40+ feral cat colonies. 


Do the math

If we Trap, Neuter and Return 40 cats, that is a minimum cost of £3,200 to Oak Tree Animals’ Charity!

We “ear tip” all cats we trap and neuter. This is to avoid any unnecessary trapping in the future. Cats are also vaccinated and flea and worm treatment is given where necessary.

Oak Tree believes that the best place for a feral and semi-feral cats is outdoors in an environment they are acclimatised to. This way, they can regulate their own daily routines and are able to avoid confinement and involuntary close contact with humans. 


Why do we neuter feral cats?

Neutering stalls the population growth, helps it to reduce and reduces the spread of diseases in not only feral but domestic cats too. 

Did you know an un-neutered female cat can become pregnant as young as 4 months old?  One female cat can be responsible up to 20,000 offspring in just 5 years!

We do not take in feral cats or feral kittens older than 9 weeks of age into our charity for rehoming. This is because future behaviours are formed between 6-9 weeks of age. Once 9 weeks has passed, a feral cat’s welfare will be compromised if placed in an enclosed setting with forced human contact. Oak Tree works in line with modern methods and the Code of Practice of the Association of Dogs and Cats Homes (with which we hold full membership).

If you are in need of assistance with the neutering of a feral cat colony, please complete the form below. For further information, you can contact our team at community@oaktreeanimals.org.uk

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