Calaveras Humane Society Feral Feline Program

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The Calaveras Humane Society, through our Feral Feline Project advocates and implements Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR), a humane and effective way to reduce the number of feral and stray cats.  Cats are caught using humane traps, surgically altered, kept overnight for recovery, then released back to where they were trapped. Once an entire colony has been altered, it is now generally stable and needs to be maintained by once daily feeding (uneaten food is picked up to keep the area clean and pest free).

Resident cats keep most newcomers out, and colony numbers gradually decline due to
attrition.  Stable altered colonies also reduce cat fighting and the unpleasant noises associated with that. Feral cats also have been shown to keep rodent populations down.
Trapping and removal of cats doesn’t work because once resident cats are gone, new ones will move in to take advantage of now-vacant territory. If these cats are unaltered, as is most often the case, the cycle of reproduction, trapping, and removing goes on endlessly.

We are a new group within the Calaveras Humane Society. In 2014, our first year, we trapped and altered 342 cats in our county. This has only been possible with community support and involved citizens who not only care for the colonies, but assist with trapping.  Our number one goal is to reduce the number of feral and homeless cats in our county in a humane and effective way.

We have begun a county wide grass roots campaign to build support for our program. We
want to engage our community in this important project. Altered cat colonies that are being
fed and looked after are healthy content cats and add to the appeal and ambience that is so important to downtown Murphys.   You can show your support by posting the flyer below in a store window. Additionally, business owners who would like our help altering feral cats may contact us at 209-736-9417, line 8.

The Calaveras Humane Society’s work is funded by donations from caring citizens. We do not receive government funding or funds from any other rescue organizations.

Calaveras Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) organization (Tax ID #94-2581703). All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.


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