Solving the overpopulation of feral and free-roaming cats and improving their lives depends upon the dedication and commitment of educated caregivers to provide compassionate care while implementing humane population control.
Caring for a feral cat colony has tremendous benefits to caregivers, neighbors, and the cats. If a caregiver follows proper colony management procedures, what emerges, is a responsible, well-maintained colony, and cats that are “good neighbors”.
A feral cat caregiver provides food/ water and shelter, monitors for newcomers to the colony, monitors the health of the cats or other problems, etc. The caregiver humanely traps the cats in a feral cat colony and gets them spay or neutered, vaccinated for rabies and distemper and ear tipped for identification. They then return the cats to their territory. The caregivers’ success requires support, services, training, networking and supplemental resources to provide quality long-term care.