Services, programs & training

Feral Cat Program

To humanely control feral cat colonies throughout its service region, Second Chance operates a TNR program which involves the humane "trap", "neuter" and "return" of feral cats.  Learn more about what a feral cat is and about our humane program below.

Before Getting Started - Stray Cat or Feral Cat?

A stray cat is not a feral cat. A stray is a cat who has been abandoned or who has strayed from home and become lost. Stray cats can usually be re-socialized and adopted.

A feral cat is an unsocialized cat. Either he was born outside and never lived with humans, or he is a house cat who has strayed from home and over time has thrown off the effects of domestication and reverted to a wild state.

Feral cats are not adoptable and should not be taken to shelters. Feral cats are not the cause of wildlife depletion.

Studies show that the overwhelming cause of wildlife depletion is destruction of natural habitat due to man-made structures, chemical pollution, pesticides, and drought, not feral cats.

Trap and remove does not work. Not only would you have to continue to remove cats, this process is extremely costly. Other cats simply move in to take advantage of the available resources and they breed prolifically, quickly forming a new colony. This vacuum effect is well documented.

Trap, neuter, and return does work. No more kittens. Colony numbers gradually decrease. The annoying behaviors of mating cats, such as yowling or fighting, stop. The cats are vaccinated and they are fed on a regular schedule. This ongoing care creates a safety net for both the cats and the community.

Information provided by: Alley Cat Allies

Feral Cat Management Assistance

Second Chance Coordinates a Trap Neuter and Release Program for the humane control of feral cat populations. 

To participate in this program it is understood that feral cats are not permanently removed from their habitat or destroyed. 

Second Chance does have humane traps for loan to be used to transport feral cats to spay/neuter appointments and then return them back to their habitat.

Although Second Chance can't cover these costs, this program can also involve testing and vaccinating feral cats against contagious disease.

To get assistance with uncontrolled feral colonies in your area, or to learn more information on this program, call our Animal Helpline at 970.626.2273.

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