LifeLine’s Community Cat Program is metro Atlanta’s first and largest Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) assistance program. And, it is dedicated to humanely managing community cat colonies using TNR.
Community cats are free-roaming cats who are often feral from lack of human interaction. Before LifeLine brought TNR to Atlanta, community cats were routinely picked up, taken to county shelters and euthanized. Now, thanks to TNR, cats are trapped, neutered, vaccinated, ear-tipped (to identify them as neutered) and returned back to their neighborhoods.
TNR is the only effective method to humanely and dramatically decrease the number of cats. Trapping and removing the cats doesn’t work because new cats will move into the area and breed up to capacity. This is well-documented and called the “vacuum effect.”
Additionally, relocating cats to a different area is animal abandonment, which falls under animal cruelty crimes in the state of Georgia. Less than 50% of relocated cats survive because they don’t know the dangers in the area and succumb to predators, car tires, starvation, etc.
Community cats help control the rat and snake population
Because cats are spayed or neutered and vaccinated, there is less fighting over mates, howling, marking and disease spread
TNR saves taxpayers over $3.5 million by keeping cats out of greater Atlanta shelters
The Community Cat Program assists neighborhoods by:
Our Community Cat Program is a resource, not a rescue. We will not remove cats from your property, but we provide the tools to help you humanely manage the cats.
To perform such a large volume of spay/neuter surgeries and provide community cats with the medical care they need, we rely on generous donations from our community.
Please consider making a donation today!
You can make a difference and help save lives!