Spay Virginia supports Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) as a humane way of managing the feral cat population. Through TNR, cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, ear-tipped to signal that they have already been spayed or neutered, and returned to their colonies. Kittens may be socialized and adopted out to loving homes, and over time the number of feral cats in a given area is reduced. Please check the Spay Virginia County List for resources for feral cats and caregivers. Some organizations provide low cost spay or neuter for feral cats, along with ear-tipping, vaccinations, and/or testing. Some have humane traps that can be borrowed with payment of a deposit, and some will provide assistance with or training for trapping. For general information about feral cats and how to conduct TNR, visit the website for Alley Cat Allies. Among the helpful resources they provide:
The Humane Society of the United States also provides Resources for Helping Feral Cats.
Several Virginia organizations work exclusively or primarily with feral cat issues. These include: