What is a feral colony? A feral cat colony is a population of feral cats, primarily when feral cats live together in a specific location and utilize a common food source. Usually this food source is scavenged from trash and dumpsters, or from human feeding. Feral cats that are not sterilized will breed, thus forming feral colonies. Forming colonies increases a feral cat’s chance of survival when there are multiple hunters and cats to look after kittens. VFTA maintains several feral colonies around Los Angeles.
What is Trap-Neuter-Release? Trap-neuter-release is a humane alternative to euthanasia for managing feral cat populations. TNR begins with the trapping of a feral cat. The cat is then brought to a veterinarian, spayed or neutered and then vaccinated against common diseases such as rabies, herpes and calicivirus. Finally, the cats are marked so that they are easily identified. They are then returned to their habitat, under the care of volunteers. Any kittens or tame adults are adopted into good homes.
Returning the feral cats to their habitat is an excellent way to reduce the feral cat population without euthanasia. If you remove a feral cat colony from its habitat, other fertile cats from the surrounding areas will move into the location and begin breeding. When the sterilized feral cats return to their location, they keep fertile outsiders away. And by marking each cat, any newcomers that join the colony are easily identified and sterilized before they breed.
WE ALWAYS NEED VOLUNTEERS TO FEED & MAINTAIN OUR FERAL COLONIES.
Please email our volunteer coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (310) 392-5153 to see how you can help!
WE ALWAYS NEED FOOD AND FLEA MEDS TOO!
If you are able to donate these items, you may bring them to one of our Sunday adoption events. You may also contact the VFTA Hotline (310) 392-5153 x1 to arrange your donation.