3 ways the Ontario SPCA is helping feral cats

by | Cat Care |

As a direct result of animals left unaltered, pet overpopulation is an issue across Ontario. This issue has resulted in staggering amounts of feral cats. In the Greater Toronto Area alone, there are more than 100,000 homeless cats and kittens living on the streets. The Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) approach has been shown to be the only economically viable and truly humane approach to feral cat population support.

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Ontario SPCA Feral Cat programs.

Three programs to help feral cats & their caregivers

To assist Feral cat caretakers in managing Feral cat colonies, the Ontario SPCA, has developed three innovative programs:

  • Feral Cat Trap Depot Program. The Society loans cat traps to Feral cat caretakers at no charge, in an effort to Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR) the stray cat population.
  • Free Feral Food Bank. This food bank provides a sustainable support of food to colony caretakers. Without the participation of the Ontario SPCA, dedicated Feral cat colony caretakers use their own personal funds to provide food for these abandoned cats.
  • 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.

*Please note:  A participation certificate (TNR Workshop) is required to be eligible to receive access to certain programs . Please inquire through Monica Seto.

For more information on getting involved in managing community cats in your area or to sign up for the Feral Cat Workshop,“Trap-Neuter-Return: How to Manage a Feral Cat Colony”, please visit communitycats.ca.

Feral Cat Winter Shelter Resources:

How to Build a Feral Cat Shelter 101

DIY – Step by Step:  How to Build a Feral Cat Shelter

How to Build a Feral Cat Shelter – Video

Tips for Placing a Feral Cat Shelter

For more information on any of these programs, please contact: 

Monica Seto
Manager, Shelter Health & Wellness
Phone: 1-888-668-7722 or 905-898-7122, Ext. 383
Email: mseto@ospca.on.ca

Other Feral Cat Resources:

Toronto Feral Cat Coalition

Community Cats Toronto

Toronto Street Cats

Alley Cat Allies

Neighborhood Cats


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I stand behind SPCA with my monthly gift. I am so happy there are folks like you to care for those who can’t help themselves.  My family and I have had animals all our lives and know what a comfort they are.  Thank you SPCA.