Community Cats 2017-11-29T16:07:51+00:00

Community Cats

Thank you for being a caring, responsible animal advocate and contacting FixFurLife to schedule an appointment for spaying or neutering your community cats.

Though FixFürLife’s Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program, unowned, outdoor cats (including ferals, strays, barn cats and porch cats) are humanely trapped, sterilized, vaccinated and returned to their outdoor homes. You’re taking the first step to ensuring a healthier and happier life for the cats, stabilizing and reducing community cat populations, and creating a healthier and safer community for us all.

Schedule an appointment

  1. Complete the Appointment Request Form, or call us at 830.307.6019 and leave a message with your name, phone number, and information about your community cats, including estimated number of cats in your colony.
COMMUNITY CATS APPOINTMENT REQUEST FORM
  1. Within 72 hours or less, a FixFürLife coordinator will call you to find out more about your colony and to discuss next steps for trapping, neutering and returning the cats. The coordinator will follow-up with a confirmation email with specific instructions for your cats.
  2. Please note that FixFürLife uses a rotating schedule for veterinarians, so we are unable to accommodate specific clinic requests.

Donation-based fees

With the help and generosity of local veterinarians and donors, FixFürLife is able to provide services to community cats that are free to the colony manager. We do ask that you donate what you can to cover the cost of these services. Your contribution will enable us to provide services to other caring residents for years to come. Click here for information on how to donate to FixFürLife.

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The spay/neuter package for community cats includes:

  • Surgery
  • Rabies vaccination
  • Pain injection
  • Ear tip

Low-cost vaccinations and wellness services

Your specified veterinarian can also provide low-cost wellness services for your community cats. See below for services and fees:

FELV/FVRCP vaccination – $25.00
Deworming – $5.00
Flea treatment – $16.00
In heat or pregnant – $20.00
Lactating – $20.00
Crypt-orchid – $20 to $40

What to expect

Before surgery

On the night before surgery, do not feed your cats after midnight. This will prevent vomiting or diarrhea during and/or after surgery. Consider putting the cats in a quiet room the night before surgery, and provide water to keep them hydrated.

After surgery

Your veterinarian will provide specific post-operative instructions for your cats. In general, you’ll want to be prepared for the following:

  • The cats will still be under the influence of anesthesia and pain medication, and they will not be able to regulate their body temperature. It is important that the cats be placed in a quiet, temperature-controlled area for a minimum of 24 hours to recover from surgery.
  • After picking up your cats, you can give them a small amount of water. If there is no vomiting after 30 to 45 minutes, you can give the cats a small amount of food. Resume normal feeding on the day after surgery.
  • Your pet will have been administered a pain injection by the veterinarian prior to check-out. Do NOT give aspirin, Tylenol or ibuprofen to dogs or cats—they can be deadly.
  • No sutures will need to be removed; instead, the sutures are dissolvable over time.

Trap-neuter-return (TNR) saves lives

(from Alley Cat Allies website)

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), the humane approach to addressing community cat populations, works. It saves cats’ lives and is effective. TNR improves the lives of cats, addresses community concerns, reduces complaints about cats, and stops the breeding cycle. TNR improves the co-existence between outdoor cats and humans in our shared environment. This is why so many cities are adopting it.

What is Trap-Neuter-Return?

In a Trap-Neuter-Return program, community cats are humanely trapped (with box traps), brought to a veterinarian to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, eartipped (the universal sign that a cat has been neutered and vaccinated), and then returned to their outdoor home.

Spay/Neuter: Good for Cats, Good for Communities – Alley Cat Allies

Feral Cat Health Analysis: Living Healthy Lives Outdoors – Alley Cat Allies

Feral Cats and the Public: A Healthy Relationship – Alley Cat Allies

Before TNR

For more than a century, the American shelter and animal control system has been relying on catching and killing outdoor cats to control their population. This approach continues to fail, and the number of outdoor cats increases despite the fact that millions of vibrant, healthy outdoor cats are killed each year. Taxpayer money that funds shelters and animal control agencies is wasted on an endless cycle of trapping and killing. Increasingly, the public believes that the money spent on killing could and should be re-allocated to programs that help animals.

With catch and kill policies, vaccinated and neutered cats are removed from an area. But that only creates a vacuum in the environment, where new cats move in to take advantage of available resources. The new cats breed and the cat population grows. Catch and kill policies aren’t just cruel and ineffective, they go against what the public really wants: humane approaches to cats.

The Vacuum Effect: Why Catch and Kill Doesn’t Work – Alley Cat Allies

Public Opinion on Humane Treatment of Stray Cats – Alley Cat Allies

After TNR

TNR balances the needs and concerns of the human communities in which many feral cats live. People don’t want cats rounded up and killed. They want to see cat populations stabilized and appreciate when the mating behaviors of cats are brought into check through spaying and neutering. With TNR, adult cats—spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and eartipped—are returned to the colony to live out their lives in their outdoor home.

TNR Works

TNR is about more than saving today’s cats: it is the future of animal control and sheltering. Every year, more and more shelters are adopting TNR (or Shelter-Neuter-Return) programs to save more cats and improve their communities.

Scientific studies and communities with TNR programs are proof that TNR reduces and stabilizes populations of community cats.

Why Trap-Neuter-Return: The Case for TNR – Alley Cat Allies

Trap-Neuter-Return Effectively Stabilizes and Reduces Feral Cat Populations – Alley Cat Allies

Key Scientific Studies on Trap-Neuter-Return – Alley Cat Allies

Advocate for Humane Policies for Cats in your Community – Alley Cat Allies

COMMUNITY CATS APPOINTMENT REQUEST FORM