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Population estimates vary widely, but outdoor cats are found in almost every neighborhood across the U.S. These cats include community cats—friendly stray or abandoned cats as well as feral (unsocialized) cats—and owned cats let outside to roam and reproduce.

Understanding the complex and emotional issues relating to outdoor cats is essential to combating cat overpopulation and keeping cats and wildlife safe and healthy.

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Where to Find Help for Community Cats

You don't have to go it alone when helping local community (feral and stray) cats. Use our map to find nearby organizations, shelters, rescue groups, veterinary clinics and spay/neuter clinics in both the United States and Canada.
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Companion Animal News & Resources

  • November 21, 2014

    What Are Your Pet’s Plans for Thanksgiving?

    The HSUS reminds people that as we celebrate Thanksgiving -- delighting in the hustle and bustle of whether to travel or to stay home, what to cook, and whom to sit next to at the table -- we can’t forget to make equally important plans for our canine and feline friends.

  • November 20, 2014

    Kitten Behavior Basics

    Read The HSUS's general guidelines for kittens' stages of development and learn what to expect during your kitten's first 18 months. You can raise a happy, social cat!

  • October 30, 2014

    Home, Sweet Home: How to Bring an Outside Cat Indoors

    Do you think that a cat must go outside to be happy and it’s cruel to keep a cat inside? We'll teach you how to keep your cat happy and safe indoors.

  • October 24, 2014

    In a Flash: North Carolina Photo Project Helps Boost Rural Shelter Adoptions

    The HSUS took part in a trip across North Carolina gathering photos of shelter pets to increase support and visitations for rural shelters in the state

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