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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. Unless cornered, they are not aggressive to people or pets.

Feral cats exist everywhere, from rural areas to urban settings. In Orleans Parish, community cats are protected by law. Therefore, the Louisiana SPCA does not pick up and remove feral cats unless they are gravely ill or critically injured. 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 TNR, or Trap, Neuter, Return. 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 animal (in the trap) to a veterinarian to be spayed or neutered, given vaccines, and eartipped (a universal symbol that the cat has gone through the TNR process).
Return: Return the cat to its original outdoor home. Controlling feral cats' ability to reproduce decreases the population in your neighborhood  and prevents disease from spreading.

We are currently able to provide spay/neuter surgery FREE for feral cats brought in by residents of Jefferson Parish, thanks to the Jefferson Parish Fix-a-Feline program. The service inclues spay/neuter surgery, rabies vaccination and eartipping. For other optional services and prices, click here.

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!

Testimonials

Agricultural business owner Jerard Ward says “In a matter of weeks after the barn cats’ arrival, the decline in the rodent population was noticeable. As the owner of a farm where rats were responsible for causing several thousand dollars of equipment damage last year, the cats are having a positive effect on our operation.”

 

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Nuisance Behaviors

We know that not everyone is a fan of cats, and we are committed to working with our neighbors to enable feral cats and the people around them to coexist peacefully. 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.

If you need additional assistance with feral cat problems in your area, you can either email tnr@la-spca.org, call 504-762-3306 or click here to submit a request for help.