Community Cat Program

                                        ALSO KNOWN AS: 
Outdoor Cat, Stray Cat, Alley Cat, Feral Cat, Street Cat, Barn Cat, and Tomcat. 

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What is a community cat?

A community cat is a free-roaming, unowned cat that lives outside. It can be social or unsocial (not accustomed to human touch or interaction).

Check the cat's ear for a missing tip or notch! This means they are an official community cat and have been spayed/neutered.

Ear notched cats may have been vaccinated and microchipped, depending upon who assisted with the TNR.
                 

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What is TNR - Trap Neuter Release? 

Community cats are the most significant source of cat over population.  Solano County Animal Care supports a non-lethal strategy known as Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) as a solution to reduce community cat overpopulation.  Trap Neuter Release is the most humane and effective way of reducing community cat populations.  The overabundance of outdoor cats is a community issue with a community based solution and we have developed a program to help bridge the gap between concerned citizens, animal advocates and people caring for the outdoor cats.
                                           
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Why does TNR help?

It helps reduce nuisance cat behaviors associated with mating such as spraying, yowling, and fighting.  It stabilizes the cat population by eliminating new litters.  It reduces the number of cats at animal shelters. As a result, animal shelters have more resources for other life saving and community outreach programs.

                    

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How can I be sure my cat isn't mistaken for a community cat?

The best protection is to keep your cat(s) inside as best you can and use proper identification in the form of a collar with an identification tag and or a microchip. Make sure you keep your pet's identification current to the address where you currently reside and a current telephone number(s). Should you rehome your pet, transfer the microchip into the new owner's information. A microchip can be purchased any time we are open for only $13.

     
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What if a community cat(s) is a nuisance in my neighborhood?

Cats are considered free roaming in Solano County. Animal Control will not assist with picking up cats in the community unless they are sick or injured.  Research or Google humane cat deterrents.

Click on the following links for suggested humane cat deterrent information:

Alleycat.org         Humanesociety.org         Bestfriends.org

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How is Solano County Animal Care assisting our community?

We offer low cost TNR appointments through our public spay/neuter clinic.  All our TNR appointments are scheduled through our Outreach Coordinator Amanda Hoover: (707) 784-1361 or [email protected]. Please be mindful she receives numerous requests daily and will return your message as soon as she possibly can.

Solano County Animal Care does NOT euthanize healthy cats.  We scan every cat that is brought to the shelter in search of a microchip, place on a stray hold, then evaluate for adoption.  If it is determined the cat is a candidate to be an official community cat due to his/her behavior, we will spay/neuter, give age appropriate vaccines, microchip, ear notch, and release back to the area he/she has acclimated to – RTF “Return To Field”.

 
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How can you help?

TNR efforts throughout the community are always looking for volunteers and donations.

To donate towards our Community Cat Program, please click on the following link:
                  
Solano County Animal Care Donations