All About IndyFeral
IndyFeral 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 Animal Clinic.
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 are trapping and taking cats to Indianapolis Animal Care Services. 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 IndyFeral Community Cat Care Guidelines