Stray, Unowned, and Community Cats
The ASPCA uses the term "community cats" to encompass any unowned cat. Included under this umbrella are the cats some previously referred to as "feral," those who have been lost or abandoned, and cats who might receive food and intermittent care from one or more residents in a community.
The ASPCA supports the management of community cat colonies primarily through TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return) and scanning for the presence of a microchip, vaccination, sterilization, ear tipping, and, when feasible, microchipping.
Shelter & Rescue Group Resources
Download: The Special S/N Needs of Community Cats
This beautifully illustrated, full-color guide covers everything you need to know about spaying and neutering community cats – from trap handling through exams, ear tipping, surgery, tattooing, recovery, and release.
Webinar: Infection Control in Home-Based Programs
Discover a systematic approach to infection control that focuses on keeping animals healthy, especially in home-based operations and foster care.
Webinar: Is that Cat Feral?
Learn techniques for determining whether a cat is unowned or just shy and fearful.
Forms & Samples: Community Cat Room Sign
A sample sign you can use to label your community cat room and explain it to visitors.
Tips: How to Talk TNR
These four tips can help you win over TNR resisters, whether they are pet lovers or not.
How-to: A Mobile Clinic for Community Cats
The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon's mobile hospital provides s/n and veterinary care in seven counties.
Forms & Samples: ASPCA TNR Postcard
A sample postcard you can customize to help educate your community about TNR.
Tips: Caring for Community Cats in Winter
Top 10 tips to help get your colonies through the cold months.
Tips: Responsible Feeding Practices
Top 4 tips to provide food to community cats while keeping the peace with human neighbors.