What we do as an organization is after receiving a call from someone caring for a colony of cats or even just one cat, we trap the cats using have-a heart traps. Not all cats need to be trapped. They are taken to the animal hospital where they are tested for FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus) FIV (Feline Immune Deficiency Virus), spayed or neutered, and vaccinated for rabies and upper respiratory. After a short recovery period, we release the cats back into their colony where their caregiver continues to feed them and supply shelter. Not all the cats we encounter are feral; some are strays that have been “thrown away”. We always have cats and kittens up for adoption. There is a fee for our services. You can call us and we can go into more detail.
Test -Spay or Neuter
If you are missing your outside cat, call Wanderer’s Rest and call us, as we may have found your kitty.
A feral cat colony consists of cats that are not domesticated and strays that have been abandoned. Therefore, these cats often run from humans. Cats within the colony survive by hunting and accepting handouts. It is survival of the fittest and the weak usually do not survive. If these cats are not spayed and neutered, other feral cats will move in and take over the territory.When we are notified of a colony, we attempt to stabilize the colony. Have-A-Heart traps are set to trap the cats. They are humane and the cats are not harmed or in any danger.
Once they are trapped, the cats are taken to the veterinarian and are tested to ensure they are negative for leukemia and FIV. They are then spayed or neutered, vaccinated, the surgeon tips one of their ears so they can be identified once they are released. They then are brought back to the caregiver’s home where they will stay in “recovery cages” for several days and will then be released back into their habitat where they originally came from. At this point, the caregiver is now responsible for feeding and providing shelter for these cats for the rest of their lives.
or Adopt Out
Of course, we do come across friendly cats, and we do attempt to adopt them out to reliable homes. In addition, a friendly cat that cannot adapt to being inside would be adopted out to a farm, as long as the owner of that farm supplies food and shelter. And, kittens that are born to feral cats are fostered until they are old enough to be adopted.