Community Cats

Special Note:

All community cat appointments for 2022 have been filled. TNR services will resume Spring of 2023. 
For 2022, improvements to our community cat program have been made to increase clinic efficiency and medical care. Things look different, but we’ll still be serving a high volume of community cats.

Please share these details with other colony caregivers to help us spread the word, and email us at with any questions you may have.

  • Community cats must be scheduled for spay/neuter surgeries. Community cats have to be scheduled by calling us. We do not schedule community cats online and can no longer accept walk-ins.
  • Don’t trap without a plan. First, secure your appointment, then make plans to trap. Cats must have an appointment, so always have a plan. We will not take walk-ins.
  • Drop-off times. Community cats scheduled for appointments must be dropped off at 7 to 8:30 a.m. on their surgery day. Cats arriving after 8:30 a.m. will be referred to another clinic. We cannot take cats outside of these times.
  • Pick-up times. If a caretaker has a safe, quiet, climate-controlled space to keep the cat overnight after surgery, they should pick up the same day between 4:30pm-5pm. If necessary, community cats can be picked up the following day between 7am-11am.
  • More Spay Days. We will be working with key partners on high-volume Spay Days specifically for community cats.
  • Effipro preventative is $10 for one dose. If your community cats are friendly, it can be applied monthly for flea and tick prevention.

Please share this information with other colony caregivers to help us spread the word to those who are working with and care for community cats.  

All About Community 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 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 but also reduces the nuisance and mating behaviors that happen with unaltered cats. TNR education and enrollment are 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 cats. 

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:

  • Provide spay/neuter and eartip for all cats
  • Provide rabies vaccination

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