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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?

What are the benefits of TNR?

Cats who can to come to the shelter:
  • Kittens who are 0-6 weeks old whose mother is known to be missing or gone.
  • Cats and Kittens who are in immediate danger.
  • Cats and kittens of any age who are sick or injured.

Cats who we are not accepting at this time:

  • Mother cats with kittens who are 0-6 weeks old. The kittens need to stay with mom as it is better and heathier for all of them.
  • Healthy kittens between 2-4 months of age who are eating on their own.
  • Adult cats over 4 months who are healthy.
  • Adult cats over 4 months who are feral (meaning, not friendly or can be safely handled by humans); especially if they are being trapped. These cats are at risk because they are not safe to be adopted and the shelter environment needlessly stresses them. Stress leads to illness which can easily spread among other cats.
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.