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. Spaces are limited, you must call in advance. Please contact 941-957-1955 ext 1.
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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