LifeLine Animal Project is committed to improving the standard of care for animals in the community. LifeLine's Community Cats Program is one of the first and largest organized feral cat program in Atlanta and a great example of how lives are being saved.
The program is dedicated to humanely controlling feral cat colonies by providing neighborhoods with the resources and support they need to manage feral cat populations. This widely-accepted, humane method of controlling feral cat populations is called TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return). TNR is a comprehensive method where entire feral colonies are humanely trapped, then evaluated, vaccinated, and neutered by veterinarians. Then the cats are released back into their neighborhoods. With the goal of making Atlanta no-kill, LifeLine has approached the overpopulation problem with a number of different solutions.
The Community Cat Program assists neighborhoods by:
- Loanings traps and providing trapping instructions for community cats
- Providing education to caretakers and the public about proper cat colony management
- Offering affordable spay/neuter services at the LifeLine Spay & Neuter Clinics
- Supporting, advising and helping neighborhoods be proactive and collaborative with other groups
To date, LifeLine has helped sterilize more than 35,000 feral and stray cats in over 21 counties.
We have all seen homeless cats who hang around neighborhoods and businesses in our community. Many of these cats are “feral” or wild because they have had no human contact. They cannot be tamed as pets. They usually live in groups known as feral colonies. "Stray," "feral" or “community” cats are homeless cats that sometimes join these colonies and produce feral offspring. An estimated 25,000 feral cats each year were ending up in Atlanta’s shelters, where the only option was euthanasia. The taxpayer cost in the Atlanta area to trap and euthanize these cats is about $3.5 million annually. TNR has changed this by providing a better way.
The Benefits of TNR
- Community cats help control the rodent population
- There is less fighting, howling and diseases spread
- This kind of lifesaving program actually saves around $2 million in taxpayer dollars by keeping these cats out of county shelters
The goal is to humanely decrease the number of feral cats until there are no more community cats. TNR is much cheaper than euthanasia, and it’s the ONLY effective method to reduce unwanted animals. Most cats will not survive relocation attempts, and new cats often move in to areas that were previously populated with a feral cat community to fill the vacuum. It is also important to note that the relocation of cats without a containment period and a proper caretaker is considered animal cruelty and a crime in the state of Georgia.
Utilizing the LifeLine Spay & Neuter Clinics, LifeLine has sterilized more than 35,000 feral cats through TNR. Additionally, LifeLine has facilitated the TNR of an equal number of cats at independent vets. LifeLine's Community Cats program operates a trap loan program, provides trapping instructions through the process, distributes donated cat food to managed colonies, and maintains data on more than 600 feral colonies in greater Atlanta. Over 300 requests for information or assistance are handled monthly by LifeLine’s staff and volunteers.
Our Community Cats program is a resource, not a rescue. We will not remove cats from your property.
We will provide you the tools and support you need to effectively and humanely manage these cats.