Our Community Cat team works tirelessly to give homeless cats safer and healthier lives. Each day, they work with neighbors to identify cats who need our help, set humane traps, facilitate spaying and neutering, and assess each cat’s health and social ability.
Cats who are seen to be truly feral get released back to where they were trapped. Ferals are very undersocialized to humans and can’t live happy lives as indoor house cats; returning to their colonies after being spayed/neutered is the best option for them. That’s not the end of the ways we care for them though. We deeply care about the health and well being of each community cat, and that’s why we put systems in place to make sure they are taken care of long term.
Here are 10 ways community cats benefit from the work we do.
#1 – Spaying and neutering eliminates future litters
Spaying and neutering community cats puts an end to the cycle that creates litter upon litter of homeless cats. During the fertile portion of a cat’s life, she can give birth to more than 100 kittens! Imagine if half of those kittens are females who also give birth to 100 kittens and you’ll see how important it is to spay and neuter. In 2016, Brother Wolf’s Community Cat team spayed/neutered over 600 feral cats, effectively keeping thousands off the streets and out of overcrowded shelters.
#2 – Spaying and neutering keeps cats healthier
Spaying and neutering significantly lower’s a cat’s risk of developing uterine infections, mammary tumors, some prostate problems, and testicular cancer.
#3 – Reduces territorial fighting
While all cats may have spats every now and then, territorial aggression is much more common in intact male cats. Neutering significantly decreases the stress and injuries cats can incur from fighting.
#4 – Reduces roaming
Without the need to search for a mate, neutered males won’t roam as far from their colonies. Cats who stay close to their familiar territories are less likely to encounter ill-intentioned people and environmental dangers.
#5 – We give rabies vaccines
Each feral cat we trap received a rabies vaccine while they’re anesthetized for their spay/neuter procedure. This helps protect outdoor cats who may encounter infected animals.
#6 – Find homes for kittens and social adult cats
Not all of the cats who are trapped by our Community Cat team are released back to their colonies. Kittens, semi-social, and social cats are put into foster homes or brought to our Adoption Center to find their forever families.
#7 – Caretakers keep eye out for illnesses or injuries
Community Cats aren’t abandoned once we return them to their colonies. We always make sure there are community members nearby who will keep an eye on them and let us know if new intact cats show up or if a cat shows signs of illness or injury.
#8 – Daily meals and fresh water
Colony caretakers also commit to providing fresh food and water for the cats each day. We are happy to provide cat food, when available, through our Pet Pantry for colony caretakers so they don’t have to feed the cats out of their own pockets.
#9 – Winter shelters
North Carolina winters can get downright frigid. To help keep our outdoor friends comfortable on the coldest nights, we build and deliver insulated shelters to protect them from the elements.
#10 – Community awareness and education
Community cats stay safest, happiest, and healthiest when their human neighbors are looking out for them. Our Community Cat team works every day to educate the public about the benefits of spaying and neutering, how they can best care for their local colonies, and how controlling the outdoor cat population helps us fulfill our no-kill mission. In the end, we’re only able to do the work we do because of the support and compassion from our community.
Our Community Cat program works with local citizens to vaccinate, spay, and neuter outdoor cats so that they can no longer reproduce. Volunteers then maintain colonies with feeding and general care so that the cats can live out their lives in their outdoor homes where feral cats are happiest and safest. We assist colony caretakers with free cat food, neighbor mediation and colony care counseling, and winter shelter. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
HERE ARE 3 EASY WAYS TO HELP COMMUNITY CATS:
DONATE – Monthly donors help keep us best prepared year-round for animal rescue. With your help, we can continue to save and care for the animals who need us most. Recurring donations provide a consistent, reliable revenue stream, allowing us to focus more resources on our lifesaving programs, and less on fundraising. For our 10 year anniversary, help us grow our circle of compassion by welcoming 1,000 new members! Click here to join the Compassionate Circle today!
VOLUNTEER or FOSTER – Volunteers and fosters are Brother Wolf’s backbone. Do you have an hour to walk dogs or fold laundry? Do you want to learn to trap feral cats with our Community Cat Program? Are you a social butterfly who can help at one of our weekly adoption events? Do you have space in your home and heart for a temporary foster animal? Click here to learn more about volunteering and fostering!
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