There are 89,000 community cats in Montgomery County, Ohio. Outdoor cats – collectively known as “community cats” – consist of unidentified stray cats (aloof to friendly) and feral cats.
The Community Cat Initiative of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton aims to reduce the number of free-roaming, community cats by sterilization, rather than euthanasia.
The HSGD will accept into the CCIP unowned, unidentified stray or feral cats from city residents, city employees, or volunteers as long as they have space available.
Each cat will be examined for identification, health, age, & claw status. Cats without identification (collar, tag, tattoo, etc.) are considered “unowned”. Cats will be vaccinated (FVRCP), treated for fleas if needed, spayed/neutered and the tip of their left ear will be surgically notched while the cat is under anesthesia. This ¼ inch ear tip is a universal sign that the cat has been spayed or neutered.
Every effort will be made to find the owners of cats brought in to the Humane Society with identification. Unidentified cats will beput into the adoption program if there is space available. Feral kittens younger than four months of age can sometimes be socialized and becoming wonderful family pets.
If the adoption program is full, the HSGD will not euthanize stray, healthy, unidentified cats. Stray, unidentified cats that come from cities which contract with the Animal Resource Center will be directed to that facility. Other stray, unidentified cats that are wild (feral) or friendly will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, ear-tipped, treated for fleas (if necessary) and released back to the community that the cat is familiar withif the HSGD is assured that :
- The cats are healthy on exam and have a body mass that indicates that they have a food source.
- The cats have their claws, are not kittens, are not injured or sick, and are not old, senior cats that may struggle to survive
The Humane Society of Greater Dayton strives to end the senseless euthanasia of healthy cats, and to be proactive in controlling cat overpopulation through education and spay neuter initiatives such as the CCIP.
Note: to safely catch a stray, free-roaming cat, please use a live trap. Live traps are available for a very small rental fee at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton.
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