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).
THE MARYLAND SPCA'S EXPECTATIONS OF A STRAY/FERAL CAT CARETAKER:
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).
INCENTIVES PROVIDED BY THE MARYLAND SPCA FOR STRAY/FERAL CAT CARETAKERS:
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.
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 [email protected]
The Maryland SPCA is unable to relocate feral cats and/or remove feral cats from any premises.
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