Feral Cat Support Programs
The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society developed feral cat support programs to assist feral cat caretakers in managing their colonies. As a direct result of animals left unaltered and abandoned, cat overpopulation is an issue across Ontario and has resulted in a staggering number of feral cats. A trap, neuter, vaccinate, return approach is the only economically viable and truly humane approach to feral cat population stabilization.
To assist feral cat caretakers in managing feral cat colonies, the Ontario SPCA has developed three innovative programs:
- Feral Cat Trap Depot Program where the Society loans cat traps to feral cat caretakers at no charge, in an effort to trap, neuter, vaccinate and return feral cats to their managed colony and stabilize their population.
- Free Feral Food Bank providing significant support of food to colony caretakers. Without the participation of the Ontario SPCA, the dedicated feral cat colony caretakers use their own personal funds to provide food for these cats that have been abandoned by society.
- Feral Cat Shelters – a limited amount are made each fall by volunteers (or can be affordably made by anyone following the instructions below) for caretakers to provide a safe, warm place for their colonies during our cold, harsh winters. Our feral cat winter shelters ($20 each) are available for pickup at the following animal centres or spay/neuter clinic:
- Orangeville & District Animal Centre | 650 Riddell Road, Orangeville ON L9W 5G5
- Lennox & Addington Animal Centre | 156 Richmond Boulevard East, Greater Napanee, ON K7R 3Z7
- Marion Vernon Memorial Animal Clinic | 91A Patterson Road Barrie ONL4N 3V9
- York Region Animal Centre | 16586 Woodbine Ave., Stouffville, ON L4A 2W3
- Midland & District Animal Centre | 15979 Highway 12 East, RR 1, Port McNicoll, ON L0K 1R0
- Orillia Animal Centre | 467 West Street North, Orillia, ON L3V 5G1
- Humane Society of Durham Region | 1505 Wentworth Street Whitby, ON. L1N 0H9
- Barrie Animal Centre | 91 Patterson Road, Barrie, ON L4N 3V9
*76L tote filled with straw. 1 shelter will house 1 or 2 cats or mama and kittens
*Please note: The Community Cats Toronto Workshop certificate may be required for eligibility of certain programs. Please contact Monica Seto or call 905-898-7122 ext. 383 for further inquiry.
For more information on how to get involved in managing community cats in your area or to sign up for the TNR Workshop, “Trap-Neuter-Return: How to Manage a Feral Cat Colony”, please visit communitycats.ca.
Feral Cat Winter Shelter Resources:
Other Feral Cat Resources:
Feral cats in your backyard – one caretaker’s story of finding and caring for a colony of feral cats behind her workplace
Toronto Feral Cat Coalition
Community Cats Toronto
Toronto Street Cats
Alley Cat Allies