“Community cats” are typically un-owned or semi-owned cats, comprised of both strays (lost and abandoned former pets who may be suitable for home environments) and ferals (extremely fearful of people and not welcoming of human attention, making them unsuitable for home environments), who are the offspring of other feral or stray cats. Some community cats can be considered loosely owned, meaning that concerned residents feed them and may provide some form of shelter in their own homes or on their own property, but do not always identify the cats as their own personal pets.
The issue of managing community cats can create unnecessary conflict. Dissent often arises among neighbors; between cat advocates and wildlife advocates; and among animal care and control leaders, local government leaders, and their constituents. Here you'll find support to get ahead of that conflict, increase TNR efforts, collaborate with wildlife conservationists and more.
- Managing Community Cats: A Guide for Municipal Leaders
- View the Supporting Community Cats free Archived Webinar Series, available in Animal Sheltering's Trainings Calendar