Feral Cats

In the United States, there is a population of about 60 to 100 million feral cats. Most of these felines have either been dumped or are the descendants of cats who have been dumped. They mistrust people, often with good reason, and they live in groups known as colonies.

Feral cats are a great challenge for cities and humane organizations because they comprise a huge percentage of the pet overpopulation problem in America and a large percentage of cats euthanized by animal shelters. Many end up at animal control agencies at a large cost to taxpayers and an emotional burden to shelter workers. Recently, a few agencies around the country have begun promoting the benefits of "trap/neuter/return" programs, which include reduction of animal shelter costs, impoundments, cat complaints, and number of cats euthanized.

Most experts, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, Texas A&M University and Tufts University veterinary schools and Stanford University agree that the best and most humane way to manage a feral cat colony and gradually reduce its numbers is through the trap/neuter/return method. This method involves spaying and neutering the cats and returning them to their environment to be overseen by caretakers - people living close to the colony who can provide food, water and shelter for the colony. The spay/neuter surgery improves the cats' behavior - there is not the spraying, breeding or fighting associated with non-neutered colonies - and the colony will maintain its area, keeping the rodent population down and keeping other cats from joining. Eventually, the cats in the colony die off, without replacing themselves with other members.

The SPCA of Texas works with feral cat groups in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

For $50, we spay/neuter, vaccinate for Rabies and notch one ear, which is part of an understanding that these cats have been spayed or neutered. All cats should be immediately released after surgery.

Important, Please Read!

All cats must must be checked into the clinic in a humane trap with your name and contact information (including phone number) attached to the trap. Traps should be covered with a large towel or part of a bed sheet to help keep the cats calm. We reserve the right to refuse service if the animal is contained in an inappropriate carrier.

 

Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Surgery Consent Form