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Community Cats

Contacts: Dinah Hayse/Michele Dexter

Community cats are unowned or stray cats who live outdoors, in backyards, storm drains, creeks, commercial and industrial sites and in your neighborhood. They are often unfixed, and without care and assistance they are vulnerable to disease, abuse and their numbers will increase exponentially without strongly supported Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) activity.

TNR is the only proven humane, effective approach to managing the community cat population and helps both the cats and the communities where they live. Through TNR, cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated and then returned to the location where they were trapped. This breaks the breeding cycle while allowing the cat to live out its natural life in its original territory.

A female cat can become pregnant at just 16 weeks of age and have multiple litters per year. Within another 16 months that cat and her kittens can produce 36 more cats. Within 7 years a single cat and her kittens can produce 420,000 more cats.

The Community Cats Working Group is focused on removing obstacles to spay and neuter for cats, increasing resources, education and outreach, strengthening partnership with the City of San Jose and San Jose Animal Care & Services department as well as veterinarians, nonprofits and others who recognize the importance of this service.

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