Feral Colonies

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   What is a feral colony? A feral cat colony is a population of feral/unsocialized cats. 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 caregivers who provide food for the colony. Feral cats that are not sterilized will  breed, thus forming feral colonies. VFTA maintains several feral colonies around Los Angeles.

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 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.

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 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.

 

 

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