What is a community cat?
A community cat is any cat that lives outdoors and who does not have a particular home or owner. Some community cats are friendly and socialized, and some are not. Community cats usually depend on humans nearby for food sources, like a caretaker, a dumpster, or other sources.
What is community cat diversion? In community cat diversion, we are using the humane method of Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate, and Return to control our community cat population.
TNVR reduces community-related nuisances that “trap and remove” does not:
It stabilizes the size of colony by eliminating the new litters.
It greatly reduces nuisance behaviors associated with community cats: mating related yowling/ fighting and urine behaviors.
The spayed and neutered cat colony will protect that territory from other new, unsterilized cats.
It reduces the number of cats that come into the local shelters, thus it helps reduce shelter overcrowding, illness, and euthanasia.
Community cats serve as an organic pest control solution.
What can you do to help?
When you become aware of a stray or loose cat (without an owner that you are aware of) near your home or office, you can bring him/her in a humane trap during normal business hours on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. At the shelter, the cat will be scanned for a microchip, medically evaluated, receive spay/neuter surgery, rabies vaccinations, and ear tipping within 24-48 hours. Volunteers, caregivers or the original finder can then return the cat to where it was found.
TNVR IS LIMITED TO ONE CAT PER RESIDENT-HOUSEHOLD FOR THE SELECTED DAYS LISTED ABOVE. CATS MUST ARRIVE AT THE SHELTER IN A HUMANE TRAP, BE HEALTHY AND A MINIMUM OF 4 POUNDS.
If the cat(s) are not in good health Citrus County Animal Services does holds the authority to make medically based decisions for end of life euthanasia.