Community cats, also known as feral cats, are unowned cats who live outdoors in groups. Although they are the same species as your pet cat, they are typically not socialized or friendly towards humans.  The only humane and effective approach to community cats is known as Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), and it helps both the cats and the neighborhoods where they live.

In the TNR approach, community cats are trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, ear-tipped for identification and returned to their outdoor home. This program compassionately manages community cats through non-lethal means. Existing community cats become healthier and easier to to track, and the number of cats will decrease due to a decline in birth rates.

TNR How-To Guide

What to do if you find a stray cat:

Feral vs. Stray Cat:

What is TNR?:


Constructing a Basic Cat Shelter:

Guide to Safely Relocating Feral Cats:



Tips for Protecting Cats in the Winter:


Tips for Protecting Cats in the Summer:

Feral Cats and the Law:

Cat Overpopulation:

Source: Alley Cat Rescue Website