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​Living With Cats in Your Community​

 Trap Neuter Return (TNR)
A Guide to Community & Feral Cats

cat with tipped ear showing that it's a spayed or neutered wild/feral cat

​​​Courtesy: Ally Cat Allies

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​.

 Know that the animal shelter does not bring in healthy stray cats. If you attempt to bring them to the shelter, you will be turned away. Here's why.

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

Found kittens? The Humane Society of Charlotte can help you keep these kittens, get them spayed/neutered, first set of shots, and either return them where they were found or help you re-home them without ever having to bring them to a shelter. Best part, it's FREE.

Finding Kittens

How do you know which kittens can remain as community cats and which kittens need human intervention?

This group of 4 kittens are healthy and will be able to get services from HSC and stay where they were found. Do NOT bring these kittens to AC&C! They need to stay with mom and are community cats in the making.

kittens who have no visible goo in their eyes

This group of 4 kittens are visibly sick and need human intervention. This group CAN be brought in to AC&C for help but can also recieve help from HSC.

kittens who have visible goo in their eyes

The Friends of Feral Felines group is willing to help with TNR services to residents in Mecklenburg County. 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​ or call the hotline at 704.348.1578

For more information on local TNR resources:

Humane Society of Charl​otte 

Friends of Feral Felines

Lucky Cats of Lake Norman

For more information on national TNR resources and tips:

Alley Cat Allies

Best Friends​