Central WI Feral Friends: How You Can Help


Cat (Photo credit: @Doug88888)


All cats deserve to live their lives in the setting that they are most comfortable in. Feral cats have no desire to be petted or coddled, or even played with. They just want to live their lives in freedom, enjoying fresh air, a warm and safe place to stay with food, water and to be among their own kind.

Feral cats are free-roaming domestic cats who were never socialized by humans or have lived outdoors for so long that they have reverted to a wild state. Feral cats may look like the cats on your couch, but they have different needs than cuddly cats and kittens at a shelter hoping to find homes.

Feral cat basics: Adoption is not an option

  • Feral cats have lived outdoors alongside people for 10,000 years, in every landscape from urban cities to rural barnyards. They are not “homeless” — their home is outdoors!
  • Feral cats are the same felis catus species as pet cats.
  • Unlike pet cats or stray cats, feral cats are not socialized to people — so they can’t be adopted.
  • Many Feral cats live outdoors in social groups called colonies.
  • Scientific studies have confirmed that feral cats are just as healthy as outdoor pet cats. Since feral cats can’t be adopted into new homes, calling animal control may be the wrong move for them — since most feral cats will end up being euthanized. (Check with your local animal control to see what they do with feral cats.)

The benefits of helping feral cats!

  • CWFF cats are spayed/neutered, blood-tested, vaccinated and returned to their (or other suitable) outdoor homes. This improves their health and stabilizes the colony while allowing them to live out their lives in freedom, outdoors.
  • This program takes into account what is in the best interest of each cat, depending on his or her needs and level of socialization to people.
  • Socialized cats and kittens are neutered, vaccinated and adopted into homes, while healthy feral cats are released.
  • No new kittens are born and the cats no longer experience the stresses of mating and pregnancy.
  • Behaviors associated with mating, such as yowling or fighting stop, contributing to the cats’ overall improved health and making them better neighbors.

At Clark County Humane Society, all feral cats are:

  • Examined by a veterinarian
  • Given flea & tick treatment
  • Dewormed
  • FeLV/FIV tested
  • Vaccinated for Distemper/FeLV & Rabies
  • Treated for ear mites (if needed)
  • Ear-tipped

What these cats need from you (and there is NO ADOPTION FEE):

*Shelter                         *Food                        *Water

After these cats are cared for, they need someplace to live a long, happy life.  Can you help? DOWNLOAD THE FORM

Information from: http://www.aspca.org/about-us/policy-positions/feral-cat-management.aspx  –  http://www.petfinder.com/helping-pets/feral-cats/feral-cat-care-tnr/