Rescued Feral Cats Likely to be Altered

Feral cat group rescues likely to vaccinate cats against rabies, sometimes immunize cats against other disease.

Most feral cat groups provide rabies vaccinations to captured felines, but only about one in eight provide feline leukemia shots according to a survey of 120 groups conducted by nonprofit feral cat advocacy group Alley Cat Rescue.

Ninety-six percent of the groups provide rabies vaccinations to feral cats, while 64% provide distemper vaccinations. Twelve percent provide feline leukemia shots, 62% deworm feral cats and 64% provide flea treatment.

The majority (96%) of feral cat groups spay/neuter cats before placing them in homes, and most groups also provide spay and neuter services to owned cats to prevent future colonies from forming, according to Alley Cat Rescue.

Feral cat groups’ efforts to educate the public about trap-neuter-release programs have been productive, with 65% of respondents calling their education efforts “somewhat” effective, and 18% finding their efforts extremely successful.
Most animal control agencies do not offer trap-neuter-release programs (61%), and one in three agencies have trapped and killed whole colonies, according to respondents.

Respondents had some luck working with the animal control agencies, with a fairly even split between “difficult” and “somewhat successful” responses and 21% of respondents reporting a “positive” experience. Local government, meanwhile, posed more difficulty for the groups, with only 15% finding government easy to work with. Fifty-seven percent of respondents found it “difficult” to work with their local wildlife groups.

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