For emergency or immediate help, please call (541) 237-9791.
Community Cats/Feral Program – This program will pay for the cost of spay/neuter of neighborhood strays (community cats, as we call them.) We also pay for their rabies shot. We’ll loan you a trap and provide instructions on how to safely capture the feral cat and where to take it for the procedure. Once complete, the cat can be released back into the community and live out its life.
Stray neighborhood cats are generally known as ferals. However, we find most cats are not truly feral (wild), but just leery of humans due to lack of positive contact on a consistent basis. Some of the cats have been abandoned and some are “dropped off” to be someone else’s responsibility.
We choose to call them “community cats” because the cats have not chosen to be homeless and the existence of colonies is a community issue – not “someone else’s problem.” The average life span of a community cat is about five years.
Central Coast Humane Society (CCHS) uses the proven method of TNR (trap, neuter, return) to control populations and reduce the number of colonies in our county. Other methods such as trapping and killing all the cats do not work because when a void is created, other cats move in, and the cycle continues.
Once the colony is stabilized and not reproducing, residents no longer have to listen to cat fights and yowling during mating season, nor experience the unpleasantness of cat “spraying.” TNR is proven nationally and locally to be the only effective method of controlling this population. For large colonies, CCHS helps with food.
For more information, leave your contact information at (541) 265-3719 and one of our volunteers will contact you with more details.