Helping Feral Cats @ CAP


Feral Cat Surgery Program

What is a Feral Cat?

Feral cats, also known as “wild or free-roaming” cats, are the largest cause of pet overpopulation in Houston. Thousands of feral cats are born into homelessness every year, often right in our own neighborhoods. Left unattended, feral cat colonies can grow out of control. But with your help, CAP is committed to solving this problem through humane trap-neuter- return.

What is Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)?

Twenty years of research has shown that TNR is the most humane and effective strategy for reducing the feral cat population. It has been proven that trapping and euthanizing feral cats only contributes to the population problem. Cats are territorial and when cats are removed and euthanized from a location, new cats will move in and the survivors will breed to capacity. This well documented phenomenon is called the vacuum effect. TNR stops the problem because it stops the breeding and the colony will gradually diminish over time. Click on the image below to enlarge.


How does TNR work?

TNR is when feral cats are trapped in humane traps, taken to the CAP for spay/neuter surgery, rabies vaccination, ear tip, and flea preventative, and then released where they were trapped after they recover for 24-48 hours after surgery. Ear tipping is the removal of a quarter inch off the top of the cats’ ear while the cat is anesthetized; this is the universal symbol and only proven way to identify a feral cat that has been fixed.

For additional information and instructions on trapping join a TNR orientation, visit Alleycat.org, and watch their trapping video.

The Feral Cat Assistance Program (FCAP)

The Feral Cat Assistance Program (FCAP) is a dedicated volunteer group that provides education to the public on non-lethal ways of controlling the feral cat population. They provide Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) assistance and education to caregivers of feral cat colonies all over the Houston area. For more information on FCAP, please contact the FCAP Coordinator.

How can you help?

CAP is always in need of volunteers who can trap, transport, recover, and release feral cats. To volunteer, please fill out a volunteer application. Educate your family, friends, and neighbors about trap-neuter-return. Volunteer to participate in block walks and encourage people to bring in feral cats to be fixed and vaccinated.

Trap-Neuter-Return: If you are feeding or have feral cats on your property, trap, transport, recover, and release the feral cats in your area. CAP will provide the surgery and vaccinations for FREE.  Register for surgery on the available day of your choice on the Surgery Reservations page.

Donate: CAP is always in need of supplies and monetary donations (click on the donate button and select FCAP from Programs).

Feral Cat Wish List*

  • Tru-Catch 30 LTD Feral Cat Traps
  • Tuna, Mackerel, and Sardines (in water), wet cat food
  • Trap covers, pillow cases, large towels
  • Paper food trays
  • Carabineers
  • Crock pots
  • Heat Lamps
  • Heating pads
  • Rice
  • Clean socks
  • New Shower Curtain Liners

*Donations can be dropped off at CAP. Please make sure that you note that the donations are for the feral cat program.

The 77084 Grant

PetSmartThanks to the generosity of PetSmart Charities, The Feral Cat Assistance Program is furthering its efforts to control the feral cat population. Grant funding provided by PetSmart Charities will defray the cost of spay/neuter surgery and rabies vaccination for 500 feral cats in the 77084 zip code.

About PetSmart Charities

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets. More than 400,000 dogs and cats find homes each year through our adoption program in all PetSmart® stores and our sponsored adoption events. PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on funding spay/neuter services that help communities solve pet overpopulation. PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, independent from PetSmart, Inc.