A stray or feral cat is a cat that lives outdoors and does not have a particular home or owner. They may be friendly or, in some cases not socialized with people. These cats typically depend on humans for their food, whether it is a neighborhood caretaker, dumpster, or other source.
A Trap-Neuter-Return program, commonly referred to as “TNR,” is a humane and effective method for controlling the feral cat population growth.
If you begin to trap and remove, other cats will move into the territory and will fill the space left behind by the removed cats. This is called the “Vacuum Effect.” The new cats integrate into the area and produce more kittens. This leads to renewed calls for trapping and removal and the cycle continues to repeat.
TNR stops the cycle.
To request assistance in trapping a stray or feral cat, contact the Calico Cal Ladies by email, firstname.lastname@example.org
To rent a low-cost animal trap, contact the Greater Dayton Humane Society, (937) 268-7387.
To have a trapped feral or stray neutered at no cost to Vandalia residents, contact the Calico Cat Ladies by email, email@example.com or bring the trapped animal to the Greater Dayton Humane Society, 1661 Nicholas Road.
The Humane Society of Greater Dayton will:
Accept trapped cats from the City of Vandalia (from City employees, City residents or volunteers).
Examine each cat for health and identification. If no identification such as a tag, microchip or tattoo is found, the cats are considered to be “un-owned” and are therefore called community cats or free-roaming cats.
Provide care and services for un-owned community cats that can be placed into an adoption program via: veterinary health exam, vaccination (FVR-CP), Rabies vaccination, flea treatment, spay or neuter procedure, and surgcally “ear-tipping” the left ear for program identification purposes.
Release healthy, un-owned community cats that have been examined and treated back to the location where they were trapped if they cannot be adopted.
Cats that are suitable for adoption may be absorbed into the HSGD adoption program. If identification is found (tag, microchip, tattoo etc.) they will be treated as owned cats and every effort will be made to find their owner.
Responsibly and humanely reduce the number of free-roaming cats in Vandalia by proactively spaying and neutering community cats to prevent them from reproducing rather than euthenizing healthy community cats.