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Frequently Asked Questions

A feral/community cat is a domestic cat born and raised without human contact, or who has been abandoned or lost and turned wild in order to survive. While some feral/community cats tolerate some human contact, most are too fearful to be handled.
A cat colony is a group of feral or stray cats that live close to each other. Colonies are often formed around shelter and a food source.
When people abandon their domesticated cats or the cat becomes lost, they will learn to live on their own and become feral. If these cats aren’t spayed or neutered, they produce feral kittens who usually live their entire lives without human contact.
We provide food, shelter and education regarding feral/community cat sterilization utilizing the trapping technique known as Trap Neuter Return Manage (TNRM), benefiting the cats and our community.
No. We focus on reducing the growth of feral cat communities through humane Trap Neuter Return Manage.

No. We do not advocate relocation or removal of feral cats. TNR stops the breeding cycle of cats and improves their lives while preventing reproduction. It is a fact that the removal and killing of outdoor cats is never ending and futile.

No, we don’t take kittens. The only kittens we foster are kittens we trapped ourselves while taking care of our Coalition colonies.

 

No. Feral cats have had minimal contact with people, are not socialized and cannot become pets. Feral cats taken to shelters are always euthanized at a high cost to taxpayers. Feral cats can live healthy lives in their outdoor colonies, so the best alternative to adoption is humane Trap Neuter Return Manage.

Feral cats are not socialized to people, therefore they are unadoptable as pets. In all shelters in California, feral cats are held two days then euthanized. In the City of Visalia they don’t take feral cats. The City does have a Trap Neuter Return program for free to Visalia residents. Contact the City for more information.

When you come across kittens living outdoors, you may wonder whether it’s better to take them into your home or leave them outside with their mother. Whatever you decide, it should be in the kittens’ best interest.
To spay/neuter kittens must weigh two pounds. They usually reach this weight at eight to ten weeks of age.
An ear-tip serves as protection for the feral cat. It tells everyone that the cat is being cared for. An ear-tip is the universally recognized symbol of a neutered/spayed feral cat. During surgery, 1/8″ to 1/4″ is removed from the top of an ear. This procedure is performed while the cat is anesthetized and is not painful for the cat. Ear-tipping is the most effective way to identify neutered feral cats, and to ensure that they are not re-trapped and re-anesthetized for surgery. The ear notch can save a feral cat’s life.

Yes. Tax-deductible donations are welcome and needed, and go directly to providing TNR services for feral cats in need.

Visalia

City of Visalia Animal Services

29016 Hwy 99 Visalia CA 93277

559-713-4700.

 

VOSPCA

Monthly Clinic

 

Tulare County Animal Services

https://tcanimalservices.org/animalservices/

14131 Avenue 256
Visalia, CA 93292
(559) 636-4050

 

Fresno

Fresno Humane Animal Services

TNR Appointment only, call at 8am on Monday mornings to inquire about appointments

Fresnohumane.org/community cats

559 600-7387

 

HOPE Animal Foundation

5490 W Spruce Ave, Fresno, CA. 93722

559 271-0209

 

Exeter

Pacific Crest Veterinary Clinic, 

2500 E. Myer Ave, Exeter, CA 93221

559 592-4753

Please call and make an appointment for the Thursday you plan on bringing the cats in. Your feral or community cat will get a rabies shot and ear tip along with the spay/neuter.

 

Hanford

Friends of Kings County Animal Services

Must be in Kings County

https://www.friendsofkcas.org/

friendsofkcas@yahoo.com

 

Porterville

Porterville Low Cost Clinic

1315 W Olive St

Porterville, CA. 93257

https://simivalleynonprofitspayandneuter.com/porterville-clinic

call for days they take feral cats

Drop off time is 9:00a.m. Limit 1 feral cats per person

Cats must be in traps and ear tip is mandatory

 

Selma

New Village Pets

9240 S McCall Ave

Selma CA 93662

559 896+5300

 

South County Veterinary Hospital

1811 Whitson St

Selma Ca 93662

559 896-8616

 

 

 

 

Current Projects

Education

Dr Kuswa, our advisor and vet, Speaking Rotary Club about Visalia Feral Cat Coalition
Setup of a Cat Trap Using the Tru Catch Trap

Resources

The Valley Oak SPCA Adoption Center
9800 Camp Drive, Visalia, CA 93291
(559) 651-1111

The VOSPCA low cost veterinary clinic
9405 W Goshen Ave, Visalia, CA 93291
(559) 741-1121.

Best Friends does amazing work with dogs and cats. Their site has so much great information.

LOA, Inc. is a not-for-profit animal welfare organization [501(c)(3)]. Our foster homes are in Tulare County located in California’s central San Joaquin Valley. Our focus is on the rescue, some rehabilitation, spay/neuter, and placement of animals in need. All work is done by volunteers; there are no paid staff.

Mission Statement: Stop the killing of companion animals.

Best Friends does amazing work with dogs and cats. Their site has so much great information.

City of Visalia Animal Services

Operation TNR- Trap Neuter Release Program for feral/community cats

$10 fee per cat

An appointment is required – Please call during business hours for an appointment 559-713-4700

Alley Cat Allies has information on most everything related to cats.

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