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Feral Cat Caretakers

THE MARYLAND SPCA'S DEFINITION OF A STRAY/FERAL CAT CARETAKER: A person or group of people who provide food and shelter to stray/feral cats.  A stray/feral cat caretaker acts to reduce colony numbers by working to spay and neuter the animals within their colony(ies).


Meet or exceed all Baltimore City regulations for feral cat caretakers including, but not limited to:

  • Ensure all cats are spayed/neutered, vaccinated and ear-tipped.
  • Provide food, water and adequate shelter.
  • Maintain records (including rabies certificates) for all cats living within the colony(ies).
  • Plan for the substitute care of the colony(ies) if moving or otherwise are no longer able to care for stray/feral cats.
  • Make reasonable efforts to ensure stray/feral cats are not being a nuisance to neighbors. N.B. It is against Maryland law to kill a cat by any means other than humane euthanasia (performed by a veterinarian).


  • Large-scale TNR event held the second Saturday of every month. Limited number of appointments offered during our regular spay/neuter clinic hours.
  • Reduced cost fees for feral cat TNR surgeries. The fees include spay or neuter, rabies vaccine, distemper vaccine, a flea and ear mite treatment and ear tip.

TNR Workshop:

The Maryland SPCA highly recommends that all stray/feral cat caretakers attend the workshop presented by Community Cats of Maryland. The workshop is held at the BARCS animal shelter the third Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. The Maryland SPCA will give Community Cats of Maryland a free feral spay/neuter certificate for each workshop attendee. The certificate is good for one time only for one cat only in the Maryland SPCA's Spay and Neuter Clinic. An appointment is required.

Additional Information and Appointments:

To qualify for the TNR clinic, all cats must be brought in humane traps and must receive an ear tip. Appointments are required, please e-mail feralhelp@mdspca.org.

The Maryland SPCA is unable to relocate feral cats and/or remove feral cats from any premises.

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