Community Cat TNR
MHF is working to control community cat populations by performing TNR (trap, spay/neuter, and return) services. Cats are only released if they are healthy and it is a safe and responsible environment. Studies have proven this method to be highly effective in compassionately addressing the problem of community cat populations. MHF has TNR'd colonies in Culpeper, Fauquier, Loudoun, Orange, Prince William, Rappahannock, and Warren County.
A “community cat” is any unowned cats. This is interchangeable with “free roaming.” These cats may be fearful of strangers or friendly and may have been born outside or lost or abandoned cats. Many community cats are cared for by compassionate “caregivers,” who provide food and water for these cats. When any individual does not own cats, they become a “community cat” to the community which has taken responsibility for their care.
Community cat colonies are created by people's failure to spay/neuter their pets and by the callous dumping of unwanted cats and kittens in neighborhoods and rural areas. Only when we work together to solve the pet overpopulation crisis will homeless cat colonies disappear from our landscape.
There are about 60 million community cats in the United States. These felines are the offspring of abandoned and lost pets. Stray cats band together forming colonies consisting of 6 to 16 members found around food sources such as restaurants, shopping centers, colleges, abandoned buildings and rural areas.