Community Cats

Cat standing on fence with three horses

What is a community cat?

A community cat is a cat that is unowned (wild) or semi-owned, meaning the cat may be cared for by people, but no one takes ownership of the cat. These cats may live in a residential neighborhood or business area as part of a community of outdoor cats.  Community cats often arrive at the shelter as strays with no identification, such as a microchip or rabies tag. These cats may be feral (wild), semi-feral, or friendly, and usually have not been spayed or neutered.

To address the growing problem of cat overpopulation, the Williamson County Animal Center (WCAC) has implemented the Community Cat Program. Approved by the County Commission, this Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program allows for identifying community cats, which are then spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and ear tipped before rejoining their communities.

The Benefits of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)

  • TNR is a long-term and more effective solution to lower the numbers of community cats than euthanasia.
  • Prevents unwanted litters of kittens
  • Reduces shelter admissions, crowding and disease.
  • Lowers shelter operating costs.
  • Improves the lives of free roaming cats – Males no longer try to maintain a large territory and fight over mates. Females no longer have to give birth and fend for their young.
  • Mating behaviors, such as yowling, spraying, fighting and roaming cease.
  • By returning to their territory, any lost cats are more likely to find their way back home.

Let’s work together to control the cat population 

Any Williamson County resident may contact the shelter to arrange FREE TNR services for qualified community cats.

Trap rental (refundable) and instructions are available.  Most cats are returned the same day.

Adopt a working cat!

Fill out our online Working Cat Adoption Application form if you are interested in adopting a working cat.

Know of an outdoor cat that may need our services? Contact us!

Samantha Anderson

samantha.anderson@williamsoncounty-tn.gov

615-790-5590 ext. 1823