The Feral Cat Assistance Program (FCAP)
The Feral Cat Assistance Program (FCAP) assists with feral cats in Trap-Neuter-Return whereby you trap the cats, we assist with getting them spayed and neutered, and you agree to return them to that same location, allowing them to live there as before. As a result, you will end up with the same cats, but they will not be able to reproduce and enlarge the colony.
Returning for a third year is the FCAP Phill the Box clothing & textile recycling drive.
Throughout the month of February, there will be blue collection bins in the CAP parking lot to collect gently used clothing, blankets, shoes, and other textiles. These items will be sold by the pound to be recycled with proceeds benefiting FCAP.
The more we recycle, the more money we raise to help feral cats!
|FCAP in the News|
CAP's Feral Cat Assistance Program (FCAP) jumped in to assist a veterans housing complex with a colony of feral cats they are caring for.
This project was featured in the Houston Chronicle and Chron.com, to read the full article visit:
Feral Cat Trap Rentals
There is no charge for traps as long as they are returned in the 10-day rental period, after that we will bill you $ 75 per trap.
Feral Cat Surgeries
FCAP does not charge for surgery.
Free surgery is provided by CAP only for feral cats that will be returned to "the wild". By definition, feral
How can you help?
Educate your family, friends, and neighbors about trap-neuter-return, 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 monetary donations and new feral cat traps (click on the donate button and select FCAP from Programs).
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.