A Community Cat is a cat that has been fixed, vaccinated and eartipped then released back into the area from which it was captured. They are the unowned stray and feral (unsocialized) cats who live outdoors in our neighborhoods without a particular home or owner.
Community cats may be temporarily brought inside a colony caretaker's residence, for their protection, in the event of severe environmental conditions or medical necessity.
What is a Feral Cat?
Watch a 1 minute video by Alley Cat Allies to find out.
Too many cats.
If you are feeding outdoor cats, IndyFeral strongly urges you to spay and neuter the stray and feral cats in your neighborhood in an effort to reduce the cat overpopulation crisis in our city. Stray and feral cats are the greatest source of cat overpopulation. They produce 80% of the kittens that flood the shelters every Spring and Summer.
As it is now, Indianapolis Animal Care and Control (IACC) can't save and support the overwhelming number of accidental litters, stray and family cats brought to the shelter doors everyday. Nearly 72% of the cats that enter government-run city shelters are killed due to lack of resources. For feral (unsocialized) cats/kittens brought in traps the kill rate rises to virtually 100% since they are not adoption candidates.
Last year 3500 cats /kittens were killed at IACC due to lack of homes or not enough space at the shelter.
If you are feeding outdoor cats, download our 2 page Community Cat Care Guidelines to learn more about how to help.
Watch this YouTube video to learn how to keep community cats healthy, safe and be a good neighbor.
Understanding the Problem: Introduction to the Stray & Feral Cat Overpopulation Crisis
How to Request Help
Are you feeding stray cats?
We can help get them fixed. The Indianapolis city shelter
can't save and support the huge number of accidental litters,
strays and family pets brought to the shelter every day.
Help end the stray cat overpopulation in Indianapolis.
Community Cat Package
- Spay or neuter surgery
- Pain medication
- Rabies/FVRCP vaccination
- Eartip for identification
- Medical treatment if needed
- Trap-Neuter-Return help
We ask for a $30 donation per cat. Any donation you can make is appreciated but not required as we rely on donations to help as many cats as possible. Ask about FREE or discounted programs you may qualify for as funds are available.
For more information: (317) 638-3223.