How to Help Community Cats

Community Cats Program

Trap, Neuter, Return

1925 Sandifer Blvd  Seneca, SC 29678

(864) 882-4719

email: tnr@oconeehumane.org

What is a Community Cat?   Community cats are unowned cats that live outdoors and settle where food and shelter are available.  They are not socialized, not friendly to people and are not adoptable.

What is Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR)?  In a TNR program, community cats are humanely trapped, brought to a vet to be spayed/neutered, vaccinated, ear-tipped (signifies the cat is part of a TNR program), and then returned to their outdoor homes.

What is Managed Intake?  In order to avoid overcrowding at the shelter, Oconee County Animal Control is instituting a procedure where a person must first complete an animal intake sheet and be given an appointment date to surrender the animal.  Animals will not be taken on the same day the intake sheet is completed.

What should I do if I find a stray cat that is somewhat friendly, approachable and looking for food/attention?

·         See if the cat belongs to a neighbor; often these cats get lost or accidentally get out of the house/yard

·         Take the cat to a local vet or Oconee Humane Society (OHS) to see if the cat has a microchip; if it does, then the vet/OHS can contact the owner.  Only do this if you are comfortable picking up the cat and putting it in a cat carrier.  If the cat/kitten is hurt/sick, bring it to Animal Control for euthanasia unless you want to take responsibility for vet bills.

·         If the cat has been dumped in your area, been abandoned or no neighbor can claim it, then contact Animal Control at 864-888-0221.  You will need to fill out an animal intake sheet (you must be an Oconee County resident) and be given an appointment date to surrender the cat.

·         If you do not want to wait for Animal Control to intake the cat and you are an Oconee County resident, you can pay for a spay/neuter certificate from OHS, take the cat to the participating vet listed on the certificate, get it fixed and release the cat back to its area.  /low-cost-spay-neuter.php will provide information about spay/neuter programs. 

What should I do if I find kittens?

·         If they are small kittens (less than 2 pounds) that look abandoned, leave them alone.  The momma cat is out looking for food for them and will return to the nest.  Even if you know the kittens have been abandoned, they will become your responsibility to care for them until you fill out an animal intake sheet (you must be an Oconee County resident) and be given an appointment date to surrender the kittens.

What should I do if I find a feral cat or kitten? 

·         If they are feral kittens (less than 2 lbs and unfriendly), leave them alone.  They cannot be TNR’d until they are 3 months old and weigh more than 2 pounds.  The TNR program does not foster feral cats & kittens.  If they are old enough, contact Chris at tnr@oconeehumane.org

·         Do not trap the cat or kitten before contacting Chris; if you do, you are fully responsible for the cat.  Cats should not be in traps for more than 48 hours from the time they are trapped until they are released after spay/neuter surgery.

·         There are limited funds for the TNR program so all feral cats and kittens are handled on a case-by-case basis.

·         Oconee County Animal Control no longer intakes or traps semi-feral or feral cats and kittens.

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