Find out how you can make a difference for community cats.

What’s the difference among stray cats, lost and abandoned cats? For one thing, they’re all homeless, and oftentimes they’re erroneously lumped into the category of “feral cats.” The Community Cat Movement (CCM) seeks to change this perception by increasing public awareness about feral cats.

The goal of Community Cat Movement is to bring the plight of community cats mainstream. Central to the issue is TNVR. This includes making Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR) a household name, while most people are accustomed to hearing TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return), without the ‘V’.

The “V” is very important.

One of the misperceptions of community cats are that they are a nuisance, or carry diseases. This is not true. Community cat colonies are cared for by colony caretakers. These volunteers will trap cats, spay or neuter them, vaccinate them, tip their ear to mark that they have been spayed/neutered, and return them to their colony where they can live their life out peacefully.

Caretakers visit the colony daily, rain or shine. They feed the cats, provide fresh water and check on the health of the cats. Any cat that is not well, is treated by a veterinarian.

“My hope is that TNVR becomes a household word and topic that can be discussed with people of all ages. I know it’s a lofty and grandiose goal but community cats are not to blame for their plight.” -Beth Frank, President of the Community Cats Movement

feral cats huddled together in cold weather

Someone didn’t spay our mother. Now we’re homeless. Huddled together for warmth in the snow.

How did we move from TNR to TNVR?

About a year after forming Community Cats United, Inc. (Trap-Neuter-Return Community), Beth Frank read the book “Community Cats: A journey Into The World Of Feral Cats” by Anne Beall.  According to a study done by Beall Research, only 5% of the population in the USA has a good working knowledge of Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR).   It was then that Frank realized that those who are aware of TNVR need to be active in educating those that don’t know or understand the concept.

“We must make people understand that when you support community cats, you also help all companion animals.” -Beth Frank, President of the Community Cats Movement

Where is the Community Cat Movement taking off?

The CCM is focusing on the USA first, however this is an international movement with the intent to grow throughout the world.  Community Cats United, Inc. is an established and internationally active group from which the Community Cat Movement stemmed.

At present, the Community Cat Movement has about 10,000 members and 950 groups in 77 countries and all 50 US states.  Community cats are not unique to the US.  And compassion and advocacy for these cats is truly a global issue.