IndyFeral

All About IndyFeral

IndyFeral LogoIndyFeral is the FACE Community Cat Program. It was independently created in 1999 and is responsible for the cultural shift in the city of Indianapolis to fix and care for the city’s stray, dumped or feral cats. IndyFeral was established as a means of changing the way stray and feral cats are  viewed and handled  in our community.

Some consider stray/feral cats as pests, dangerous or a nuisance. As a result, these people think it is acceptable to harm them, ignore them by “letting nature take its course” or kill them. Some believe that feral cats lead short, miserable lives and should be killed for their own good and to protect them from any future hardship they may suffer.

IndyFeral holds these views as cruel, inhumane and unacceptable. TNR is not an endorsement for abandoning cats. IndyFeral believes that all living creatures, including community cats, have an intrinsic value. They deserve compassion, care and protection for their entire lives. All living creatures have a basic instinct to live and have the best life they can. Acting as their advocate or “voice,” IndyFeral acts as their advocate. We strive to improve their lives and promote ideals that reflect of a caring and humane community. In 2013, IndyFeral merged with FACE Low-Cost Spay Neuter Clinic.

The Goal

Our goal  is to reduce euthanasia for stray and feral cats that are trapped and brought to the city shelter. Feral cats are not socialized to people and are not adoption candidates. They also are not happy living indoors. Before the Community Cat program, the only option was to euthanize them. FACE’s Community Cat Program, IndyFeral, lets  qualifying stray and feral cats to be returned to their outdoor homes. All cats are neutered, vaccinated and eartipped for identification. Neutering the cats not only leads to a smaller population, it also reduces the nuisance and mating behaviors that happen  with unaltered cats. TNR education and enrollment is offered to people who trapping and taking cats to IACC. This is a non-lethal alternative to the trapping and killing of the cats. For information about caring for outside cats,  download our two page Feral Cat Colony Guidelines document.

What is a Community Cat? A Community Cat is a cat that has been fixed, vaccinated and eartipped then released back into the area from which it was captured. They are the unowned stray and  feral (unsocialized) cats who live outdoors in our neighborhoods without a particular home or owner. Community cats may be temporarily brought inside a colony caretaker’s residence, for their protection, in the event of severe environmental conditions or medical necessity. If you are feeding outdoor cats (stray or feral) in Marion County, Indiana you are required by the city’s TNR ordinance to:

Read the  Indianapolis / Marion County TNR Ordinance

To register your colony call us at (317) 638-3223 or email  contact@indyferal.org.

What is a Feral Cat? Check out this video by Alley Cat Allies.