Helping Community Cats
Operation Community Cats
We support community cats via the TNR approach.
We will have available plans from Catio Spaces to build a “cat patio” or “catio”. These are outdoor cat enclosures which allow outdoor or indoor/outdoor cats to experience the sights, sounds, and stimulation of the natural world while keeping them safe. OCC volunteers will help build catios for individuals who are unable to build their own.
For adoptions, please contact our partners on our resource page.
The mission of Operation Community Cats is to improve the welfare and reduce the population of feral and stray cats through spay/neuter programs and education.
A world where all cats are safe at home in a healthy environment for both them and wildlife.
Operation Community Cats and the Golden Eagle Audubon Society have formed a truly unique partnership to motivate a change in our community. Both organizations agree that by having fewer pet cats roaming freely it is better for the cats and for wildlife.
Safe Outdoor Enclosure for a Happy & Healthy Cat.
Catio Spaces: DIY & custom catio and cat enclosure.
Operation Community Cats has been selected to be an affiliate with Catio Spaces. For every catio plan purchased through Catio Spaces website, Operation Community Cats will receive 10% if you use our promo code Operationcommunitycats at checkout.
Lots of great tips and ideas also on Catio Spaces.
Life is Good in a Catio!
WHAT IS A COMMUNITY CAT
Community cat populations generally consist of a mixture of feral cats, semi-socialized cats and lost and abandoned pets.
They are not socialized to people and survive on their own outdoors in family groups called colonies. Most community cats are not likely to ever enjoy living indoors…
HOW TO HELP COMMUNITY CATS
- Give Them Shelter. Feral cats need a space where they can escape the rain and extreme temperatures of winter and summer.
- Feed Them
- Quench Their Thirst
- Contact a Rescue Group Practicing Trap-Neuter-Return
- Determine if Cats are Actually Homeless, check for microchip at veternary clinic or local shelter
- Consider Finding a Home for a Stray.
What is TNR
Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the humane approach to addressing community cat populations.
It involves humanely trapping community cats living in cities, towns and rural areas and transporting them to a veterinary clinic where they are spayed or neutered. They may also receive a health check, vaccinations, and can be treated for routine medical conditions…
Cash donations are used to TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) community cats.
There are other ways you can help cats.
Feral Cat Trapping Classes
Tues 1/14 Teaching Others to Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)
6-8pm at Simply Cats in Boise
This class is intended for people who have “some” trapping experience, but still want to learn more and help teach others these skills. As you know, the trapping part is just one component of the whole process of TNR. We’ll discuss planning, dealing with difficult people, transferring cats for longer holding periods, medical needs, tricks of the trade, rehoming feral cats, and more. I won’t focus much on the actual trapping part, but instead, I’d like you to bring YOUR experience to share in the discussion and questions you have about teaching others. I’d like to have those from this class who want to, to teach a topic to the less experienced group on 1/21.
Tues 1/21 Learning and Improving your TNR Skills
6-8pm at Simply Cats in Boise
Curious about how you can help save community cats? Whether you’re a beginner or have some trapping experience, you’ll come away with some lesser known tips and tricks for successful trapping. You’ll be able to manage your own colony with ease knowing how to deal with anti-cat people, treating for fleas and worms, providing medical care, and learning the benefits of networking. We’ll talk about the resources available to you such as low cost spay/neuter programs, trap loans, and more. Join us and feel free to bring a friend to make it more fun!
Mark your Calendars for Sunday March 15th from 5:30-9pm. OCC is teaming up with Powderhaus Brewing to bring you Festival Del Gato! This is a fun, FREE event for cat lovers and those wanna-be cat lovers alike. Beer, wine, and the taco truck will be available. Join us in our celebration of cats, with music and a silent auction.
Treasure Valley’s First Catio Tour is planned for Sunday, May 3rd. If you have a catio you’d be willing to show off to others, we’d love to have you on the tour route. Share your catio ideas to help others see the benefits and importance of keeping cats enclosed, while giving them a healthy outdoor experience. We’ll need volunteers for this event also. Contact us if you have a catio for the tour and/or wish to volunteer.