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Saving Lives

In 2018, our Community Clinic provided veterinary services to over 23,000 animals in our community!

Feral Cat Program

Feral cats are undomesticated outdoor cats that live in groups called colonies, which form near places of food and shelter. Like all wild animals, feral cats strive to avoid contact with humans. Removal of feral cats is an ineffective method for attempting to create a cat-free area. Because of a phenomenon known as the "vacuum effect," new cats would enter and settle in the territory of the removed cats, since the colony location is a source of food and shelter.

Trap-Neuter-Return

The most humane and effective way to control feral cat populations is through an internationally recognized program called Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). Controlling feral cats' ability to reproduce decreases the population in your neighborhood and prevents disease from spreading. Because TNR is less expensive than removing and euthanizing feral cats, TNR saves taxpayers money while saving cats' lives at the same time. Here's how it works:

Trap: Using humane traps, catch each unaltered cat in the colony.
Neuter: Take the cat to a veterinarian to be spayed or neutered, given vaccines, and eartipped. An ear tip is a universal symbol that the cat has been through a TNR program. 
Return: Return the cat to its original outdoor home.

Do you have breeding cats in your neighborhood?

If you are physically able and willing to trap the feral cats, the Louisiana SPCA does have traps available to rent and can provide guidance on how to trap. Once you've successfully trapped a feral cat, the Louisiana SPCA Community Clinic participates in several grant programs that can cover all, if not most of the cost for TNR. Funding is limited! To make an appointment for TNR, call the Community Clinic at 504.363.1333.

 

If you cannot trap yourself, the Louisiana SPCA has an amazing network of volunteer feral cat trappers that can help! Simply fill out a trapping request form and someone from the volunteer feral cat trapping team will contact you. 

 

Trapping Request

Nuisance Behaviors

It is important to be aware that some of the most potent nuisance behaviors (yowling, fighting and spraying urine) can be prevented via spay/neuter. Several weeks after a feral cat has been sterilized and the remaining hormones have left their systems, cats will cease these behaviors. For preventing cats from entering your property or eliminating in your yard, you can view many options for humane deterrents by clicking here.

We are committed to working with our neighbors to enable feral cats and the people around them to coexist peacefully. While community cats are protected under Orleans Parish laws, we understand that many people feel that the incursion of feral cats onto their properties is unacceptable. We will do our best to help you with these issues, but it is important that you understand that parish laws prohibit the Louisiana SPCA from picking up and removing feral cats unless they are seriously ill or gravely injured. Please email us at tnr@la-spca.org and provide as much detail as possible so we can work with you and your neighbors to try to resolve any feline issues you are experiencing.

 

Feral cats are working cats!

Especially in our area, feral cats play an important role in our ecosystem by helping to control rodent populations. Adopting one or more feral cats is a great way to help feral cats and manage pests.

Porch Cat: Do you want to have a cat of your own, but cannot because of allergies, sensitivities, or other issues that prevent you from having an indoor pet? If so, a porch kitty could be for you! Porch cats are accustomed to outdoor life, but enjoy being around people. In exchange for food and care, they will be a companion to keep an eye on your yard while you are gone, and greet you at your gate when you arrive home.

Barn Cat: Do you have a property or business that is at risk of being overrun by rodents? If so, adopting one or more barn cats can help get your vermin problem under control. These are feral cats who are accustomed to hunting for meals, and have not had experience with human companionship. By providing them with one meal a day and safe shelter, they will go to work removing rodents from their new homes.

All working cats have a $0 adoption fee and will spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and ear-tipped! 

 

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