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There are an estimated 50 million feral and stray cats, also known as community cats, in the United States. Understanding this complex and emotional issue is essential to combating cat overpopulation.

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  • Returning Healthy Feral Cats

    Trap-neuter-return is widely accepted in many communities, but what are the best practices for ensuring that the cats’ capture, surgeries, and recovery are done in the most humane and healthy way possible? Find out here.

  • Yes, In Our Backyard

    Not too long ago, many shelters regarded TNR programs with suspicion, worrying that the cats wouldn’t fare well. Now the practice is widely accepted, and some shelters even host feral colonies on their own property.

  • News from the HSUS

    The HSUS recognizes animal welfare and law enforcement agencies from across the country that recently assisted with various rescue operations. A summary of new resources from The HSUS is also provided.

  • Talking TNR

    More communities are considering implementing trap-neuter-return programs, but local governments don’t always embrace them right away. TNR advocates can make their case by knowing the laws, understanding animal control’s role, and accentuating the benefits.

  • Success in Santa Clara County

    Read about the unique and myriad challenges the Santa Clara County animal shelter in California faces every day. Then take heart and find inspiration in how the shelter has found a way to thrive with the help of innovative programs and local volunteers and rescue groups.

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  • Managing Community Cats

    Download the Managing Community Cats guide free — or purchase the book on Marketplace

  • Feral Cat Management

    From handbooks and guidelines to noteworthy studies and online courses, The Humane Society of the United States provides a wealth of resources for feral cat caretakers.

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