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