Community Cats

“Community Cat” is an umbrella definition that includes any un-owned cats. Community cats may be “feral” (unsocialized) or friendly, may have been born into the wild, or may be lost or abandoned pet cats that have been living outside.

Compassionate neighbors care for many community cats, and provide food, water, and even outdoor shelter. Other cats thrive in our temperate climate without any human intervention.

Whatever a cat’s individual circumstances, the term “community cat” reflects the reality that for these cats, “home” is within the community rather than in an individual household.

Kitsap Humane Society believes that community cats should be kept out of the shelter. We promote Trap/Neuter/ Return (TNR), which has proven to be the most effective, humane method of reducing community cat populations. Through TNR, community cats are humanely trapped, vaccinated, spayed/neutered, ear-tipped, and returned to their outdoor home to live out their lives.


Kitsap Humane Society supports Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) efforts in Kitsap County by offering low-cost spay/neuter surgery for outdoor and feral “community cats”:
  • $25 per cat
  • spay/neuter surgery includes Rabies vaccination and ear tip (mandatory)
  • surgery is scheduled online here or walk-in during Cat Fix Day