How We're Controlling Feral Cats

How Does the Program Work?

Feral cats need to arrive to ARC's spay/neuter clinic in a humane trap. ARC intakes feral cats Monday through Thursday, 9am to 11am. Pick-up will be assigned for the following day. Please call the week you are planning on trapping to verify this schedule. If you do not have a trap available, we do offer free trap rentals at our clinic. Please contact 941-957-1955 for more information regarding trapping, trap rentals, and our TNR program. 

Each cat will receive these services:

  • Spay/neuter surgery
  • Vaccination for rabies
  • FVCRP Vaccines
  • A left ear tip, which is a nationally accepted standard that identifies that a feral cat has been sterilized and vaccinated for rabies.

Discharge and caregiver instructions are provided at the time of pickup.

There are Many Benefits to Participating!

  • You have the complete satisfaction of knowing that you are an integral part of improving feral cats' lives.
  • You are stabilizing colony populations and creating a more sustainable, less stressful environment for the cats as well as the people who care for them.
  • You foster compassion in your neighborhood and the community by ensuring humane treatment for all animals.
  • TNR eliminates annoying behaviors associated with mating, roaming and fighting, including spraying.
  • TNR is more effective and less costly than repeated attempts at extermination. Costs for repeatedly trapping and killing feral colonies are far higher than promoting stable, non-breeding colonies in the same location. Vacated areas are soon filled by other cats who start the breeding process over again, a well-known phenomenon known as the vaccum effect. Read more about the vacuum effect here.

How to Get Involved

  • Spay or neuter your own pets and encourage friends and family to do the same.
  • Keep your cats indoors. 
  • Trap and maintain a feral cat colony. Encourage others to do the same.
  • Become a volunteer. Volunteer your time and talent, whatever that may be.
  • Ask your personal veterinarian to get involved.
  • Tell people about ARC. If someone you know is caring for feral cats, let them know about our services. Education is the key, so make others aware.
  • Make a contribution to ARC and help us reach more of society's forgotten cats.

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ANIMAL RESCUE COALITION (ARC) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to end the killing of adoptable dogs
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