Georgina Feral
Cat Committee

Besides saving lives, you mean?

Georgina Feral Cat Committee is a dedicated group of volunteers whose goal is to work with the community to address the feral cat issue in the Town of Georgina. 

Feral cats are essentially wild and undomesticated. Generally speaking, they are not adoptable and therefore are killed if brought to pounds or shelters.

We don't like killing and we don't think killing feral cats is the answer. In fact, evidence supports the best way of addressing the feral cat issue is to adopt a TNR program.

TNR stands for Trap, Neuter and Return. TNR is basically what it sounds like. Volunteers trap the feral cats, get them spayed or neutered (and vaccinated!), and then return them to where they were found. During the surgery, one of the cat's ears gets "tipped" to identify them as spayed or neutered. This is known as eartipping*.

TNR has been practiced around the world for years and is proven to stop the breeding cycle of cats and therefore improves their lives while preventing reproduction. Simply removing the cats and killing them leaves a void. They will ultimately be replaced with more feral cats. 

Once spayed and neutered, feral cats no longer exhibit many of the problematic behaviours that are often associated with feral cat colonies - particularly fighting, yowling and spraying.

* Eartipping is a practice to permanently mark a feral cat that has been spayed or neutered. A very small tip of one of the cat's ears is removed. The cat does not feel any pain and it doesn’t affect hearing at all. Eartipping allows volunteers to be able to quickly and easily identify cats who are already fixed. Clear identification avoids needless trapping and surgical procedures. Eartipping has become standard practice to mark a spayed or neutered feral because it works much better than any other method currently known.

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