Community Cat Program

Seeing stray cats?

Cats and KittensThe humane, effective way to control the number of community cats is trap-neuter-return (TNR). Community cats are the feral and stray free-roaming cats in your neighborhood. Together we can control their population and help save cats’ lives.

Benefits of helping stray cats:

  • Allows spayed/neutered, vaccinated, ear-tipped cats to be returned to their outdoor area to live out their lives. (Ear-tipping is universal symbol of a spayed/neutered cat.)
  • Humanely controls the community cat population so there are fewer cats over time.
  • Reduces the number of cats killed by keeping these cats out of municipal shelters.
  • Minimizes nuisance behaviors like spraying, fighting, howling and roaming.
  • Improves health of cats and neighborhood relations.

TNR saves cats’ lives

Trap-neuter-return (TNR) entails trapping, neutering, vaccinating, and returning community cats to their original outdoor locations. It is not only the most humane method of preventing cats from entering the shelter system, it’s the most effective.

TNR also ensures the cats’ health and welfare. Once these cats are sterilized and vaccinated, they can live healthy, happy lives in their communities, where caring residents look out for them. Sterilization and vaccination provide a public health benefit to the community, too, a vast improvement over the failed trap-and-kill approach that’s been used for generations.

For more information on the TNR Program in Abilene email the Community Cat Coordinator at Brittni.Sego@Abilenetx.gov or call 325.725.9222.