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What to do if you know of a feral cat or colony that needs help or TNR:

First of all, Street Cat Rescue focuses on Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR), emphasis on Return. It is very difficult to trap and re-locate feral cats. The best and safest fate for them is to get them sterilized with shots and return them to the only territory they are familiar with.

Sometimes barn placements can work if only one or two cats, and if these cats are living in a very dangerous location, but those placements are hard to come by. With TNR there will be one or more designated feeders for the cats, and they will live a decent life.  Also, with any cats you see, look for a either a “Tip” or a “v-notch” in the left ear.  This means that the cat has already been spayed/neutered and most likely belongs to a “managed” colony.

If you spot a SERIOUSLY injured cat, please call Animal Control, but understand it will most likely be euthanized.  If not life-threatening, perhaps a trapper or you can help by humanely trapping and taking to a vet clinic.

If you live in the North Austin to Round Rock area, please write us at: streetcatrescue@earthlink.net with the following information:

  1. How many cats/kittens there are (if kittens, their approximate age)
  2. If you are feeding them or know of someone that is
  3. What area do you live (cross streets/major streets nearby)
  4. Any other important information you may have regarding the cats
  5. Contact info - name and email or phone number where you can be reached

DONATIONS ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED - THIS IS ALL VOLUNTARY WORK. There is much involved in Trapping, including the trapping itself, transport to and from the vet, recovery of the cats (anywhere from 1-7 days), and finally releasing back.

If we cannot trap for you, or if you live outside this area, we will refer to you the Austin Humane Society: Leticia Stivers, Feral Cat Coordinator: 512-646-7387 x245 / lstivers@austinhumanesociety.org

The Austin Humane Society has weekly clinics for experienced trappers to receive free spay/neuters/rabies and other services for feral cats that they trap.  They can also post your request for trapping on the feral cat trapper’s board for all trappers to see and to respond. 

If you are interested in taking a trapping class to tackle this project yourself,  then the following places offer trapping classes:  (Street Cat Rescue will be offering Trapping classes periodically and those will be posted on the front page, if/when):

www.shadowcats.net

http://www.austinspca.com  - Look on Website for upcoming classes or contact Leticia Stivers at 512-646-7387 x245 / lstivers@austinhumanesociety.org

PLEASE do not just try to do this on your own, or request for trapping help until relaying all facts on these cats, especially if kittens are involved.  Many things can go wrong to where your trapping efforts could be permanently unsuccessful or you could bring serious harm to the cats/kittens. 

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