Community Cats are feral, semi-feral or fiendly. Feral cats are wild and usually can't be socialized. Friendlys are cats that have been abandonded by humans who no longer had a place in their lives for them or strays. Semi-ferals exhibit a combination of both. They are all ouside cats. They bond together in groups called colonies.
The colonies stay where there is a food source.
People care for these colonies by providing food, water, shelter and medical care (inclluding spay/neuter, vaccinations and flea control).
TNVR (trap-neuter-vaccinate return) is the internationally accepted, effective and humane method of controlling feral and free-roaming cat populations.
Feral and free-roaming “community” cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated for rabies, evaluated, and eartipped to identify them as spayed or neutered and vaccinated. Animals whose suffering cannot be alleviated are euthanized.
After recovery, the cats are returned to their home—their colony—outdoors. A feral colony caregiver provides food and shelter and monitors the colony for new arrivals. Caregivers monitor for sick cats they can vet and for newcomers that need to be spayed or neutered and vaccinated. Whenever possible, tame adults and kittens that can be socialized are removed from the colonies and evaluated for adoption.
Sterilizing breaks the reproductive cycle and the combination of sterilization and attrition will gradually lead to a reduced population.