SFSPCA Community Cats
We are so impressed with all the work that the SFSPCA does for feral cats, and so pleased to be supporting them through Teal Cat Project!
Since 1993, the San Francisco SPCA’s Community Cats Program has teamed up with dedicated volunteers to control, monitor, feed and provide veterinary care to feral and free roaming cats in San Francisco. Three days a week, caretakers, trappers and feeders bring in community cats for spay/neuter, vaccinations, deworming, flea treatment, and general veterinary examination – all at no cost to the caregivers. Their program is supported entirely by donations – the SF SPCA receives no government funding.
In 2011, the program spayed and neutered a record 1400 community cats. 300 of those cats were unsocialized adult strays, unable to be placed for adoption at the City of San Francisco Animal Care & Control shelter, transferred to the SF SPCA Community Cats Program to be neutered and returned to their managed colony. Without this life saving transfer program, feral cats in the city shelter would be euthanized.
The program goes beyond just spay and neuter, making support of the caretakers priority. Volunteers respond to requests from city residents, train new trappers, provide transport and recovery, and feed over hundreds of colonies throughout the city on a daily basis. The program provides Community Cats workshops throughout San Francisco, and operates a trap rental program. Through their efforts, the SF SPCA aims to end abandonment of cats in the city’s already over crowded shelters.
Check out this great video shot by one of their volunteers during a big trapping project conducted over National Feral Cat Day weekend in 2010!
Please read more about the SF SPCA Community Cats Program and learn how you can get involved!