Trapping Feral Cats: You Have To Catch Them To Help Them

You have a couple of “visitor” cats coming into your yard occasionally – perhaps you provide some food for them, or they have decided to take shelter under your front porch. They don’t seem to belong to anyone, and they are sort of fun to watch. Then a few more show up, and you notice territorial fighting, spraying, and yowling – the behavior of un-fixed tomcats around a female in heat. Soon, you have a pregnant mama cat (or two!) preparing to birth a litter of kittens out in the elements.

Jonesy is one cool pup

Hi! My name is Jonesy (Intake #39777) and I’m a loving, playful guy looking to be your new best friend! I have a big personality and lots of tail wag. I’m a fan of chew toys and will gladly be your dance partner. I can be a little nervous with new people at first, and I would prefer a quiet home with no kids. I’m quite the ladies man. I have lived with other small dogs before, but I can sometimes be intimidated by big dogs. I have a little spring in my step and can bounce pretty high – I’m pretty entertaining. If you’re looking for an active, cute little buddy, I’m your man.

Cat Missing an Ear-Tip? That's a Good Thing!

Have you ever seen an outdoor cat missing the tip of one ear, and wondered what happened to it? This is called “ear-tipping,” and is actually a sign that the cat has been the lucky beneficiary of a Trap/Neuter/Return effort like Kitsap Humane Society’s Port Orchard Community Cats free spay/neuter program. When free-roaming or feral cats are trapped, spayed or neutered, and given a rabies vaccination, they are also ear-tipped before being returned to their outdoor habitat.

King "Keegan" looking for his castle to call home

Hi! My name is Keegan (Intake #40648) and I’m a quiet and independent older kitty looking for a loving home. I’m a Flame Point Siamese with beautiful crossed blue eyes. I love getting my head petted. I’m timid until I get to know you and, for this reason, it’s probably best I be adopted by a family without children. I should also be the only pet in the household. Do you have a quiet home where I can be king of my castle? You can meet me and other adoptable animals at the Kitsap Humane Society, open six days a week.

What’s the Big Deal about Free-Roaming Cats?

Trap/Neuter/Return programs are popping up in communities across the nation to help control their feral and free-roaming cat populations. Some feral colonies have caretakers – people who provide food and shelter – and others may complain about them providing these necessities, creating strife between neighbors. Trap/Neuter/Return efforts, such as our Port Orchard Community Cats program, can help ease these tensions.

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