Georgina Town Council
For working with us to establish a TNR program in Georgina.
LATEST NEWS: The next TNR Workshop is on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at the OSPCA in Newmarket. Details here.
Do you have a stray cat? Read this for what you should do.
What is a feral cat?
Feral cats, stray cats and house cats are all the same species – they are all domestic cats. What is unique to each is their socialization to people.
House cats are socialized to people. Stray cats were socialized to people but were abandoned or lost. Feral cats are the offspring of stray cats, have never been socialized to people and are therefore afraid of us.
Because stray cats were previously owned, they can often be re-socialized and adopted into loving homes. Feral cats have little chance of being socialized. If brought to a shelter, feral cats will often be put down. The best chance of socializing a feral cat is in its first few months of life.Feral cats are not mean or angry, they’re scared of us.
So what do we do about feral cats?
The most successful and humane way to manage feral cat populations is through "TNR", which stands for "Trap, Neuter, Return". Volunteers trap the feral cats, get them spayed or neutered (vaccinated too!), and then return them to where they were found. Those cats that are friendly and able to be socialized are adopted into loving homes.
For more details about what TNR is and why we do it, see the "About" section.
Feral cats are the end result of owned pets who were not spayed or neutered, and then escaped or were allowed to roam.
Responsible pet owners spay or neuter their cats as soon as they become old enough (generally four months), so they don't contribute to the problem.
Responsible pet owners do not allow their pets to roam freely. Outdoor cats can get lost and become one of the many stray or feral cats we get calls about.
Trina at Paws of Georgina
For her generous support!
1. Spay or neuter your cat. Don't allow it to roam outside. It's really that simple. And tell others to do the same. Spay/neuter rebates are offered by PAWS of Georgina.
2. Volunteer with us... more information.
3. We are always looking for fosters too. Here's our foster application.
4. We sometimes find ourselves with cats that we can tame that can be adopted out. Here's our adoption application.
For donating $500 in food and a cat tree for our auction!
How You Can Help
Our first project was a group of 13 cats / kittens at the Mary Brown's in Keswick. These cats were not truly feral, as they had contact with humans begging for chicken. All of the cats were trapped, then spayed / neutered and adopted into loving homes.
We have dozens of other cats in need of our help... we get requests for help weekly. But we need your support!