• Feral cats can minimize rodent problems,
keeping their populations in check and
discouraging new rodents from moving
into the area.
• People who help care for feral cat colonies
can enjoy the same benefits as having a
companion animal, such as extended life
expectancy, lower blood pressure, and
lower stress levels.
• Feral cat caretakers are often elderly and
live alone, a population at risk for
depression, loneliness, and isolation.
Cats relieve these conditions and often
bring a sense of happiness and purpose to
people who help them.
• Individuals who cannot commit to the
full-time commitment of adopting a
companion animal can participate in
programs to help feral cats.
• An established, stable, vaccinated, and
sterilized colony of feral cats deters other
stray and feral cats from moving into the
area. This decreases the risk of humans
and pets encountering unvaccinated cats,
and will virtually eliminate problem
behaviors like fighting and spraying.
• Feral cats can improve public health when
the supervised colony is vaccinated against
rabies. These vaccinated feral cats act as a
buffer between the wildlife who might carry
rabies and the domestic neighborhood cats
who have the most contact with humans.
This is Thoma . . . At about five months old (in 2008) she found herself going through our program. Without this TNR program she would have had alot of kittens by now.
This is Martini . . . Currently living in downtown Reno in the historic Bungalow District. He and Thoma are in a healthy and stabilized colony of six. They are well fed and greet their caretaker who comes with food.
Worried about the birds?
Unlike domestic cats, feral cats don't know where their next meal is coming from, and therefore, will not exert their energy on something they might not catch.