TNR: TRAP- NEUTER-RETURN
Why TNR Is Key For Marion County
Instances where TNR may be appropriate are where there are large colonies living and reproducing near a place of business or homes, or even just a few cats that a citizen may be feeding that "just showed up" on their property.
In Marion County, it is completely legal for feral cats to live in the wild, just as a bird, squirrel, or other wild animal.
As long as the cats have a caretaker who feeds them regularly, they will stay in the area and not cause problems for domestic animals or other wildlife.
If this is something that interests you, please fill out our
Program Services Application here and start saving lives and preventing more homeless cats from being born.
What Is A Feral Cat?
Why focus on feral or "community" cats? Cats are described as "feral" when they are born out in the wild and not socialized with people. They often live with a community of other cats, called a "colony," which is often a mix of cats born in the wild and domestic cats that were dumped or abandoned by their owners.
What Is VOCAL Doing In Regards To Feral Cats?
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How Can You Help Feral Cats?
If you find a litter of newborn kittens - don't move them! More than likely, their mother is out finding food and will return to her babies shortly. Try to keep an eye out for their mother, and if you can catch the whole family, contact VOCAL. We will do our best to provide you with community contacts, find a foster family, and/or spay the mother cat when she is finished nursing.
If you have a feral cat colony in or around your area and are feeding these cats, but need help with spaying and neutering them, please submit a TNR Assistance Application by clicking here. To get more information on our program, call us at (352) 289-0800 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are trying to control the feral cat population so fewer cats are born into homeless.