What is a community/feral cat?
A community cat is a cat that lives outdoors and does not have a particular home or owner. They may be friendly, or in some cases, feral (not socialized with people). These cats typically depend on humans for their food whether it is a neighborhood caretaker, dumpster, or other source.
What is TNR?
Trap-Neuter-Return is an effective and humane way to stabilize feral and community cat populations. Cats are humanely trapped, neutered, ear tipped (the universal symbol of a sterilized cat) and then returned to their outdoor home.
What are the benefits of TNR?
TNR benefits the cats and the community! This technique helps cats live healthier and improved lives, in turn, the community benefits because the feral and community cat population stabilizes and declines over time. TNR reduces cat related nuisances and benefits public health and safety. An effective TNR program preserves the lives of feral and community cats.
If you have additional questions about community/feral cats please read our TNR Brochure.
The Friends of Feral Felines group is willing to help with TNR services to residents in Mecklenburg County but know that they do ask for a small fee to help with the spay/neuter service. They will not set traps for anyone looking to remove cats from their properties. If you are willing to do TNR for cats in your neighborhood, contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the hotline at 704-348-1578.
For more information on local TNR resources:
Humane Society of Charlotte
Friends of Feral Felines
Lucky Cats of Lake Norman
For more information on national TNR resources and tips:
Alley Cat Allies
There is a lot of information out there about Community Cats. The Humane Society of Charlotte has created a Community Cats Project in addition to their TNR program. They also have a "Working Cats" program for cats that would make great pest control keepers in barns, warehouses, and more. Help us make Charlotte a Community Cat friendly city.
Community Cats Project
Working Cats Program