Cats have been living close to humans outdoors for more than 10,000 years. They typically live in groups called colonies and have strong social bonds with their colony members.
These un-owned cats are called Community Cats and if left uncontrolled can be subject to overpopulation and illness.
Community Cats are not socialized to humans and, therefore, are not adoptable in an animal shelter. Traditional animal control efforts to remove and euthanize these cats simply create a vacuum effect: if food, shelter and breeding conditions exist, cats will return and multiply.
Science shows us that managing Community Cats through trap-neuter-return programs reduces uncontrolled cat populations. Cats are humanely trapped, examined by a veterinarian, spayed or neutered, vaccinated and permanently identified by a harmless ear notch located on the left ear.
Cats are returned to their colony and managed by a colony caretaker who monitors ongoing health and safety needs of the cats.