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) 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. Every month, FCAP schedules a surgery day dedicated to only spaying and neutering feral cats at the CAP surgery clinic. For more information on FCAP, please contact the FCAP Coordinator.
The PetSmart Charity Grant provides education and Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) assistance for feral cats in the 77084, 77449 and 77099 zip codes. CAP received a grant from PetSmart Charities to provide 900 free surgeries and vaccinations to feral cats in the 77084, 77449 and 77099 areas. We schedule a surgery day once a month dedicated to spaying and neutering feral cats from the 77084, 77449 and 77099 zip codes. For more information please contact the FCAP Manager.
We are also able to provide residents in 77084, 77449 and 77099 with free surgery for their domestic (pet) cats. To make an appointment for a domestic (pet) cat please contact Panda Wellness Center at 281-345-4101.
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
- Crock pots
- Heat Lamps
- Heating pads
- 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.