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May 28, 2014

The HSUS's Community Cat Program Fund

Help cats in need today

  • You can tell if an outdoor cat has been sterilized by a TNR group by the slight "tipping" of one of his ears. Betsy McFarland/The HSUS

There are millions of outdoor cats in America. Some are pets allowed outside by their owners, but the majority of outdoor cats are community cats—strays (lost or abandoned pets) and ferals (who are fearful of people and not suitable as pets). There are 30–40 million community cats in the United States.

Community cats are the most significant source of cat overpopulation in this country. The HSUS supports a non-lethal strategy known as Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) to reduce community cat overpopulation.

Without TNR, community cats continue to reproduce. Although up to 75 percent of their kittens may die, the number of community cats will continue to overwhelm animal shelters and rescue groups that are already trying to care for large numbers of cats.

Many nonprofit organizations struggle to fund their good work, and we would like to assist those helping community cats.

Please donate to The HSUS's Community Cat Program Fund »

Your donation will

  • Purchase humane traps for nonprofit organizations
  • Pay veterinarians who provide spay/neuter services
  • Buy surgical packs, vaccinations and other necessary medical equipment and supplies
  • Provide grants to nonprofit organizations and veterinary colleges that help community cats
  • Provide emergency funds to nonprofit organizations that help community cats
  • Help nonprofit organizations pay for other elements of TNR not included above, such as food banks for caretakers

Please help us to support the work of nonprofit organizations that use TNR to help reduce the number of community cats and improve their quality of life, as well as the health and safety of people, pet cats and wildlife.

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