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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).


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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