What does the Feral Cat Coalition do?
The Feral Cat Coalition is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the suffering and overpopulation of feral and abandoned cats through free, humane Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). We believe it is our responsibility, as a community, to care for cats that have been forced, through human abandonment or failure to spay and neuter, to live outdoors. When appropriate, we lend humane traps, with instructions, for the purpose of trapping, neutering, and returning feral cats to their outdoor homes, where they are monitored by caretakers.
Why can't feral cats be socialized and adopted into homes?
Because feral cats have had minimal contact with people, they are not socialized, and cannot become pets. Feral cats relinquished to shelters are nearly always euthanized. Feral cats can live healthy lives in their outdoor homes. The best alternative to adoption is humane TNR.
Stray cats that are friendly and socialized to people can often be re-homed through rescue organizations. See our list of rescue organizations in the San Diego area and a list of organizations across the United States. Also, here's a guide to determining whether a cat you are caring for is a stray.
Does the Feral Cat Coalition foster feral kittens for adoption?
No. If taken from their mothers at a young age (after weaning but before they reach 10 weeks of age), feral kittens can often be tamed, spayed or neutered, and adopted. If you are interested in fostering feral kittens, please read our information about taming feral kittens, caring for them and getting low-cost spay/neuter and vaccines.
Is the Feral Cat Coalition a shelter for feral cats?
No. Our facility conducts free spay/neuter only. We focus on reducing the growth of feral cat communities through humane TNR.
What happens to feral cats when they are brought to animal shelters?
Because feral cats are not socialized to people, they are unadoptable as pets. In most shelters in the United States, unadoptable animals are euthanized. In fact, 70% of ALL cats that enter shelters are killed there, according to the most reliable data available. That number jumps to close to 100% for feral cats.
Does the Feral Cat Coalition relocate or remove feral cats?
No. We do not advocate relocation or removal of feral cats. We lend humane traps for the purpose of humane TNR only. Feral cats can live healthy lives in their outdoor homes; the best thing you can do to help them is to TNR. If you wish to remove feral cats, please contact your local animal control agency.
I found a litter of feral kittens. What do I do?
When you come across kittens living outdoors, you may wonder whether it's better to take them into your home or leave them outside with their mother. Whatever you decide, it should be in the kittens' best interest. Here are some helpful links, courtesy of Alley Cat Allies:
How can I find help with feral cats outside of San Diego County?
The Humane Society of the United States has a list of feral cat groups on their website. You can search there for groups near you that may be able to help.
Are donations to the Feral Cat Coalition tax-deductible?
Yes. Tax-deductible donations are welcome and needed, and go directly to providing free spay/neuter services to feral cats in need.
How do I become an FCC volunteer?
Please complete and submit our volunteer questionnaire.
How old do kittens have to be to undergo spay/neuter surgery?
To be sterilized at our spay/neuter clinics, kittens must weigh two pounds. They usually reach this weight at eight to ten weeks of age.
What is an ear-tip?
An ear-tip is the universally recognized symbol of a neutered feral cat. During surgery, 1/8" to 1/4" is removed from the top of the right ear. This procedure is performed while the cat is anesthetized, and is not painful for the cat. Ear-tipping is the most effective way to identify neutered feral cats, and to ensure that they are not re-trapped and re-anesthetized for surgery.
I know of one or more feral cats that need to be spayed or neutered. How do I make a clinic reservation?
Call our message center at (855) FCC-CATS. A volunteer will contact you as soon as possible.
[Page updated November 2014]