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Cat Help: Resources for Domestic Cats and Community Cat FAQ
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Cat Help

There are many common challenges which leave pet owners feeling overwhelmed and frustrated. The good news? There are many ways to overcome these challenges and preserve the human-animal bond!


Are you in Need of Human Help? View our Human Help page for resources including legal assistance, utility and rent assistance, emergency food pantries and basic needs assistance, education and employment help, low-cost medical for individuals and families, local advocacy group contacts, sexual assault and domestic violence resources as well as temporary housing and homeless shelter contacts. Because like you, we know we all need help now and then!


Traveling or Moving Locally or Internationally, Facing Pet-Restrictions, Breed-Discrimination or Cannot Find Pet-Friendly Housing? View our Pet Advocacy, Housing and Travel page!


Having Difficulty Affording Pet Food or Basic Pet Supplies? View our Pet Food Bank page!


Having Difficulty Affording Veterinary Care? View our Pet Medical Help page!


Seeking Guidance on Pets and Children? View our Pets and Children page!


Facing Challenges with Behavior and Need Training Guidance? View our comprehensive and topic-driven Directory of Resources and select the tab “Cat Help”


Suffering from Pet Allergies? View our Pet Allergies page!


Are you in Need of Temporary Care or Crisis Fostering? View our Temporary Care page.


Assisting a Stray or Found Pet? View our Lost & Found page for resources!


Have You Recently Lost a Pet? Paws to Remember offers pet memorial services, pet-specific grief counseling and pet keepsakes.


Need more resources?  Visit our comprehensive and topic-driven Directory of Resources which offers resources for humans and their pets alike!

Community Cat FAQ

What’s a Community Cat?


Community cats (feral cats) are unowned and generally unsocialized cats who – with the help of humane and effective programs such as Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and Return-to Field (RTF) may thrive in their outdoor homes (territory)  with their collective family (colony)

Who Provides Care for Community Cats?


While largely self-sufficient, cat colonies may benefit from a caregiver if insufficient food supplies exist. Caregivers are also essential to the success of TNR and RTF programs by way of trapping their community cats.

Can You Tell Me More of TNR and RTF? 


TNR helps to stabilize community cat populations (colonies) and contribute to their general health and well being by allowing sterilized cats to continue occupying their outdoor homes (territories) while not producing further litters. As this program does not relocate the cat but rather returns the cat to its known territory, the cat continues to occupy its territory – thus preventing further cats from moving in. Once sterilized, cats are also less likely to develop mammary or testicular tumors and other health concerns in addition to being less likely to suffer injuries related to their drive to mate (fights, roadway injuries due to roaming, etc.)  As community cats are often unsuitable for shelter placement, this also helps to improve live outcomes both in-shelter and outside of shelter as shelters can continue to focus on their general populations while community cats may thrive in their outdoor homes. In this, Return-to-Field (RTF) is operationally similar to TNR, the primary difference being that the cats in question have been admitted to a shelter at some point in the process.


If you are a Davidson County resident seeking RTF resources, please visit the link below to learn more of Pet Community Center’s partnership with Metro Animal Care and Control. For further resources relating to low-cost spay and neuter and community cat programs, visit our Pet Medical Help page.


Pet Community Center and MACC: Community Cats

How Can I Become a Colony Caregiver or Assist with TNR?  

What if I’m Having Issues with Community Cats? 


Utilize the Alley Cat’s Feral Friends Network to find colony caregivers in your area in addition to local TNR efforts and veterinary resources for community cats.


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