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 sterilized 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.