Did you know that community cats (or feral cats) are an intergal part of humane animal welfare? affective community cat programs include a TNR (trap-neuter-return) program, which aims to trap the cat(s), spay/neuter them and then return them to the same location. Such programs provide life-saving options for cats who might otherwise be euthanized. Additionally, overtime they reduce the population of community cat colonies. Below are some frequently asked questions + how you can help Atlanta become a lifesaving community!


How do community cats positively affect my neighborhood?

Contrary to popular belief, cats have low success at bird predation. Instead, a cat community controls mice and rats because they are rodent specialists. A sterilized cat community also eliminates fighting and howling because cats have no reason to, if not to mate. A stable, managed cat colony keeps also keeps unsterilized cats away; therefore the colony does not produce unwanted litters.

What should I do if I see community cats in my neighborhood?

- Look to see if the cats have an ear tip (top left ¼ inch missing): the symbol of a sterilized cat
- Ask around to find out who all is feeding the cats
- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a trap loan and easy-to-follow trapping instructions
- Transport the cats to one of our low-cost LifeLine Spay & Neuter Clinics or another free or below-cost clinic for spay/neuter and vaccines
- Release the kitty back to the exact place he was trapped
- Continue to feed, and monitor the cats for any newcomers

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How can my community help keep community cats healthy?

- Spay/neuter and provide initial vaccines
- Use high-quality food without corn or grain
- If feeding canned food, add L-lysine as an immunity supplement and anti-viral
- Feed cats during the daytime only, never at night because night feeding attracts rabies-carrying wildlife as well as predators.


How does LifeLine assist with community cats?

LifeLine helps communities by:

- loaning traps
- offering easy-to-follow trapping instructions
- providing below-cost and sometimes free spays/neuters/vaccines for community cats at our LifeLine Spay & Neuter Clinics
- educating the public about community cats
- advising how to affectively manage cat colonies
- offering solutions to help mediate neighbor complaints
- supporting trappers throughout trapping process and the throughout the life of the colony
- helping connect people with others interested in helping community cats in their area and fostering the growth of grassroots efforts in neighborhoods throughout the 20 county metro area
- giving referrals for community cat resources throughout the metro area

Learn more about our LifeLine Community Cat Program here!

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Founded in 2002 and now managing DeKalb and Fulton County Animal Services, LifeLine Animal Project is the leading non-profit organization working to end the euthanasia of healthy and treatable dogs and cats in metro Atlanta shelters. Together, we will make Atlanta a no-kill community.

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