Part of our mission is caring for feral cats, otherwise known as community cats, within Middletown. We humanely trap, vaccinate, and spay/neuter these cats to help control overpopulation and reduce the spread of contagious diseases. This process is called Trap, Neuter, Release or T-N-R. After the cats recuperate, they are released back to their communities.
We provide daily feeding to keep the cats healthy and discourage them from feeding in dumpsters and garbage cans and outdoor shelters for them to sleep in during inclement weather and to help them avoid predators. Our care helps promote peaceful habitats, healthier cats, and greatly reduces complaints raised by area residents all while maintaining humane practices.
We have 1 feral colony in Portland and 10 colonies in Middletown. Each cat that resides in our feral colonies are brought to a licensed veterinarian to be spayed/neutered, vaccinated against rabies, rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia (FVRCP), administered Revolution to kill fleas, ticks and worms, ear tipped (universal sign of an altered cat) and given medical attention for wounds and infection.
We have seen colony sizes over a 5 year period decrease 85% because of TNR and those cats passing away of old age or unforeseen events.
TNR does work and we are proof that it does. If you are interested in assisting with our feral colonies, please complete the volunteer application.