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Feral Cats


Understanding Feral Cats

Feral cats are the wild offspring of domestic cats that are primarily the result of pet owners’ abandonment, failure to confine or failure to spay or neuter their animals allowing them to breed uncontrolled. Feral cat colonies can be found in either rural or urban type areas.  Feral cats are prolific breeders, they are elusive and do not trust humans. One female cat can have up to three litters per year, with up to five kittens per litter which in turn can start breeding in six months.

London Animal Shelter Services- Feral Cat Drop-Off Days

  • For unowned, free-roaming cats within the geographic boundaries of London
  • Spay/Neuter, rabies vaccination, and ear-tipping procedure is at no charge
  • Flea treatment and deworming will only be provided if parasites are visible
  • LASS is designated a Spay/Neuter facility and does not provide post-operative or ongoing veterinary care
  • Limit of 2 cats per person or address per drop-off day
  • Drop-off is between 9:00am and 10:00am on specified days
  • Pick-up is between 3:00pm and 3:15pm same day unless otherwise stated
  • Cats must come in individual traps or carriers
  • Cats must be at least two(2) pounds in weight
  • All cats must be returned to original place of capture
  • The veterinarian has the right to euthanize if the cat's poor health warrants it
  • All cats are ear-tipped which is not negotiable
  • Drop off Days will be posted at least two weeks in advance and are subject to change

Drop Off Days

 

  • Thursday March 19 cancelled due to Covid19
  • Thursday March 26 cancelled due to Covid 19

Feral cat drop off days will be suspended

London Animal Shelter Services- Spay/Neuter Clinic Location

London Animal Shelter Services at 1021 Wonderland Rd. South London (near Southdale Rd.) 519-661-2489 Ext 7368

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TNR Surgical Intake Form

TNR Post Operation Instructions

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Feral Cats

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  • What is a feral cat colony?

    Feral cats are not solitary in nature. They usually live as a group. Within this group there may be three to four generations of the same family. The size of the colony is dependant on the amount of the food source available to sustain the colony.

  • Where do feral cats live?

    Feral cats live in both the city and in rural areas. Colonies are found anywhere there is a source of food, water and shelter be it in a dumpster, in an alley or under a porch.

  • Can feral cats be domesticated?

    Feral kittens can make good house cats if removed from the colony early enough and socialized with humans. Older feral cats can sometimes adapt but they generally resist domestication and are reluctant to trust humans.

  • What is the difference between a stray cat and a feral cat?

    Stray cats were once pets. They are tame, friendly and will allow you to get close and pet them. Stray cats can be rescued and adopted to a home. They are sometimes vocal.

    Feral cats were never tamed or socialized. They avoid humans and usually run away. Feral cats are very untrusting - so much so, they will wait to go to food if humans are in sight.

  • Why should we care about feral cats?

    Feral cat colonies are a result of human neglect and therefore, the care of the feral cat population should be managed in a humane way.

  • Why not just end the life of a feral cat?

    Trapping and euthanizing feral cats has been used for decades by municipalities across North America. This method has been shown to be ineffective, as the food source usually remains (dumpsters, rodents, etc.) and any remaining cats in the area will quickly repopulate or other colonies will move in and breed to capacity.

  • Is there a more humane and effective way for managing feral cats?

    Yes. The Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) of feral cats and managing colonies is an emerging program that is growing in popularity mainly throughout the United States, Europe and is now gaining momentum in Canada.

  • Are feral cats a problem in the City of London?

    Feral cats are a growing concern in the city because of their ability to reproduce and if this is not dealt with, the situation in London will not improve and it will become worse as the city grows. There are no estimates on the number of feral or stray cats in London. Limited information is available from other jurisdictions. Based on the reproductive cycle of a cat, the number could be quite significant.

  • What is the City of London doing to assist feral cats?

    A community-based Trap Neuter Return (TNR) program has been developed to assist neighbourhoods within the geographic boundaries of the City of London cope with the increasing number of feral cats.

    Community members can receive no-charge spay/neuter surgery for free-roaming, unowned cats.

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