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Community Cats

What are "Community Cats"?

Cats and humans have lived alongside each other for thousands of years.

In Sonoma County, cats are part of our landscape.

Everyone knows that a cat who isn't spayed or neutered can produce an untold number of kittens.

That's why when we love our pet cats, we have them fixed.

But what about cats who are not tame and are afraid of people (feral cats) or cats who are friendly but don't seem to have a human caretaker?

These are Community Cats.

And it's up to all of us to protect their well-being and keep their numbers in check.

We love Community Cats by having them spayed or neutered and letting them stay in the environment they call home.

This approach is called Trap/Neuter/Return.

Trap/Neuter/Return - The Sensible Approach

We love Community Cats by having them spayed or neutered and letting them stay in the environment they call home. It's up to all of us to protect cats while working to reduce their numbers.

When a person finds a feral cat, it is important to trap the cat and take it to be fixed. When a feral cat is fixed, the surgeon removes the tip of one ear as a signal to the community that the cat has been spayed or neutered. Once the cat has recovered from surgery, the finder or a volunteer returns the cat to her territory.

 This "Trap/Neuter/Return" or "TNR" practice has been in effect for decades throughout the United States (after being proven in Europe).

TNR is the only effective and humane way to stop the breeding cycle of cats while allowing cats to live out their natural lives.

This approach benefits both cats and people in our community. In addition to decreasing the cat population over time, TNR helps cats and people live in harmony by mitigating feline behaviors that people typically consider a nuisance. Cats who are neutered or spayed are far less likely to fight, spray, or yowl.

Returning cats to their territories also eliminates the "vacuum effect," which is the scientifically-proven phenomenon that removing or relocating cats simply causes new cats to move in, or remaining unaltered cats to breed more.

Caring for Community Cats and reducing their numbers is up to all of us.

How Do I Help Community Cats?

If there are un-tamed, unowned cats on your property:
First, call Forgotten Felines at (707) 576-7999 for tips on trapping the cat and what to do next to get the cat spayed or neutered.

If there are cats behaving in undesirable ways on your property:
Call Forgotten Felines for resources at (707) 576-7999.

If you see a cat on your property missing the tip of one ear (or with a notched ear tip):
A tipped ear indicates that the cat has already been altered. Please let the cat stay where it is. If the cat is creating a nuisance for you, please call Forgotten Felines at (707) 576-7999.

If you have been feeding or seeing tame cats on your property:
Please have the cats spayed or neutered; then return them to your property. If you need a low-cost spay/neuter option, review the list of services below. If you suspect the cat(s) might have wandered away from a neighbor's house, consider making and posting flyers in your area to help the cat find its way home.

If you'd like to become a kitten or cat foster:
Consider participating in our foster program.

If you are considering surrendering a healthy pet cat:
Call Sonoma County Animal Services at (707) 565-7100 to discuss your options.

Low-cost Feline Spay/Neuter Options in Sonoma County

Forgotten Felines of Sonoma Countyprovides weekly low-cost spay/neuter services for feral or stray "community cats." For more information, or to sign up for a clinic, call (707) 576-7999.

Love me, Fix me is a low-cost spay/neuter clinic is hosted in partnership by Sonoma County Animal Services and Sonoma Humane Society. The clinic is held throughout Sonoma County in a mobile setting, as well as at Sonoma Humane's location on Highway 12 between Santa Rosa and Sebastopol. Learn more…

The City of Petaluma sponsors monthly low-cost spay/neuter clinics for tame and feral cats located in Petaluma. For more information, or to sign up for a clinic, call (707) 776-3724.

Rohnert Park Animal Shelter provides monthly FREE spay/neuter clinics for tame cats belonging to low-income Rohnert Park and Cotati residents. For more information, or to sign up for a clinic, call (707) 588-3531.

West County residents: Kitty Committee offers vouchers for $30.00 off the cost of a feline spay or neuter through selected local veterinarians. For more information, or to obtain a voucher, call (707) 823-9061.

Rohnert Park, Cotati, Sebastopol and Penngrove residents: Friends of the Animals in the Redwood Empire (FAIRE) offers vouchers for $40.00 off the cost of a feline spay or neuter through selected local veterinarians. For more information, or to obtain a voucher, call (707) 544-5713.

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