Community Cats

All About Community Cats

In 2002, IndyFeral was independently created as a means of changing the way stray and feral cats were viewed and handled in our community. Because of IndyFeral’s work, the care and treatment of stray, dumped, and feral cats has improved. In 2012, IndyFeral merged with FACE and became the community cat program at the clinic. Today, IndyFeral lives on in the work we do with community cats. It takes all of us working together to address the needs of outdoor cats.

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.

FACE holds these views as cruel, inhumane and unacceptable. TNR is not an endorsement for abandoning cats. FACE 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. We strive to improve their lives and promote ideals that reflect of a caring and humane community.

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 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 

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:

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