Community cats, sometimes called free-roaming or feral cats, are common in Jacksonville. In order to keep our city no-kill, community cats in Jacksonville are spayed/neutered and returned to the location at which they were found. This program is called “Trap Neuter Return” or “TNR” for short. Jacksonville offers the following options for TNR:
- Feral cat spay/neuter surgery is available at First Coast No More Homeless Pets. Call 425-0005 for info.
- Feral cats can also be taken to Animal Care and Protective Services during their intake hours for TNR. Call 630-CITY (2489) for info.
Frequently Asked Questions about Community Cats and TNR:
What is the difference between a community cat and a stray cat? Stray cats are former pets who are lost or have been abandoned outdoors. Community cats, or feral cats, are unsocialized cats that are not adoptable and are free-roaming outdoor cats. They often live in a colony with other community cats and have one or more caretakers who feed them. All community cats should be spayed or neutered.
How can I tell if a cat is a community cat or if it has been spayed/neutered? Look for a missing tip on the cat’s ear. The “eartip” is a universal sign that a cat has been altered. It can be either ear. It is the humane removal of the tip of a cat’s ear to indicate is has been spayed or neutered.
How can I help community cats? The best thing you can do for a community cat is get him or her fixed via a Trap Neuter Return program, such as the ones provided at First Coast No More Homeless Pets or Animal Care & Protective Services. After the cat is fixed, you can continue feeding on a regular basis. We strongly recommend speaking to property owners before you begin feeding a community cat.
How do I trap a cat? First Coast No More Homeless Pets loans traps and provides trapping guidance. Call 425-0005 or visit their website for additional info. Also – Alley Cat Allies has great tips for trapping.
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