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Community Cat Advice

Contact: 408-262-2133 x110

Trap Neuter Return (TNR) appointments

Contact: 408-262-2133 x 108

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Community Cats

Have you been seeing cats in your neighborhood that do not seem to belong to anyone? These cats are called Community Cats and they have a home they love- the outdoors! Community Cats are very much like wildlife- they are able to thrive on their own and don't enjoy human companionship. In fact, they do so well in most cases that they are very prolific breeders. Humane Society Silicon Valley is here to help keep Community Cats from continuing the breeding cycle through a proven and humane cat population control method called Trap-Neuter-Return or TNR.  

Trapping cats and bringing them to HSSV to be spayed or neutered means they can no longer have kittens and unwanted behaviors such as yowling, fighting and spraying are dramatically reduced. And unlike traditional "trap and kill" practices, by returning spayed and neutered cats back to their outdoor home keeps new unspayed/unneutered cats from moving in and repopulating the neighborhood. 

All cats found in Sunnyvale can be brought to HSSV free of charge and we will try our best to find the cat's owner. If no owner is found, cats are medically and behaviorally evaluated, spayed/neutered, vaccinated, tested, and microchipped. Friendly cats will be placed up for adoption, and Community Cats who aren't suitable as companion pets will be released back to their outdoor home with an ear notch to easily identify them as a spayed/neutered Community Cat.

If Community Cats are hanging around your house or yard and you don't want them there, we can help with that too! HSSV offers free, month long rentals of popular cat deterrents that are sure to keep your yard cat-free. We know not everyone loves Community Cats so we're here to offer solutions to common cat complaints, just give us a call at (408)262-2133 x110 for advice. 

Living with Community Cats

Feral or Stray Is the cat lost or does he live there?  Learn how to identify community cats.

Solutions to common cat complaints

Free deterrent rentals We offer free month long rentals of popular deterrents to keep the cats away

Finding Kittens Keeping cat families together is the first priority, kittens need their Mom!  For orphan kitten advice, please call us at 408-262-2133 x 110.

How can I help?

HSSV's Trap Neuter and Return Program Book an appointment for TNR at our Medical Center, free for Santa Clara County residents.

Working Cat Adoption  Consider adopting a working cat, in exchange for food and board they will keep the rodents away.

Kitten Foster Each year we need homes to care for hundreds of kittens until they are ready for adoption.

Get the facts about community cats

Discover the Truth About Feral Cats  Did you know outdoor cats have lived beside people for 10,000 years?

Feral Cats and the Environment  Learn the science behind feral cats and the ecosystem.

What is Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and why does it work? TNR provides a long term solution to reduce the community cat population.

Cat Classes

These free classes will prepare you to help community cats and kittens.  Check for open sessions and register on our event calender.

Helping Homeless Cats: Local trappers give expert advice and tips on TNR and caring for community cats.

Raising Orphan Kittens: If you have found very young kittens that require bottle feeding, this class is 90 minute informational meeting will teach you everything you need to know.

Feline Foster OrientationIf you have a spare room, a flexible schedule and a warm heart, please consider becoming a foster parent for the Humane Society Silicon Valley!  In exchange for free room and board, we can promise you lots of hugs and purrs!  Foster parents care for young kittens that aren't quite ready for adoption.