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Community Cats

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Christine Kitson

on 24 October 2016

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Transcript of Community Cats

Community Cats
Introduction to Community Cats and Community Cat Programs

The ASPCA believes that trap-neuter-return-monitor (TNRM), return to field (RTF) or, as a last resort, community cat relocation (CCR) are the most effective, humane and responsible ways to manage or lower the community cat population over time.
What defines a community cat?

• Mixture of feral cats, semi-socialized cats and lost and abandoned pets
• Complex and varied, requiring customized approaches

ASPCA Position on Community Cats

Unsocialized community cats are best served by focusing resources on TNRM and RTF programs, distribution of exclusionary devices and deterrents and public education.

Socialized community cats are best served by placement into new homes whenever possible.

Community Cat Programs

• Trap-Neuter-Return-Monitor (TNRM)
• Return-to-Field (RTF)
• Community Cat Relocation (CCR)

Trap-Neuter-Return-Monitor (TNRM)
Best for: unsocialized cats

• Trapping
• Microchip Scanning
• Vaccination
• Sterilization
• Ear “tipping”
• Microchipping
• Return to field
• Monitoring
• Caring

Community cats should only be returned under specific circumstances.

Return-to-Field (RTF)
Best for: unsocialized cats
To be considered for an RTF program, a cat must be:

• Unowned
• Ineligible or unlikely for adoption
• Be able to be returned to the location where found
Been thriving in their previous environment without known safety threats

Benefits of TNRM

1. No shelter needed to provide services
2. Caregiver involvement increases chance of success

Benefits of RTF

1. No caregiver required

Community Cat Relocation (CCR)

Only consider when:

1. Cats are at known risk
2. Other strategies unavailable
3. Relocation permitted under applicable law

Alternative Programs

The ASPCA does not support the management of cat colonies in:
• Ecologically sensitive areas
• Areas affected by demolition or development
• Areas where cats are being subjected to harm or abuse

Position Recap

• The ASPCA believes that TNRM, RTF and CCR are the most effective, humane and responsible ways to manage Community Cats
• The ASPCA encourages cat advocates, animal shelters and rescues, local government officials and the public to work together
• Community cat programs are just one component of a multi-pronged approach

For more information, please use the following resources.

• ASPCA Position Statement
• Addendum 1: Reference List and Other Resources
• Addendum 2: Minimum Guidelines for RTF Programs
• Addendum 3: Definitions for Community Cat Terms


1. Introduction
2. Position Statement
3. Programs (TNRM, RTF, CCR)
4. Alternative Programs
5. Recap
6. Resources
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