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CAT RESOURCE GUIDE

 

 

Cat population in our shelter has reached a critical number. Currently, we are only able to accept sick, injured and under-age cats (under 8 weeks, less than 2 pounds).

If you are willing to help us by fostering, we will be happy to provide training, supplies, and medical care until the kittens are old enough to be returned to the shelter and be placed for adoption. We cannot save them without help from people just like you.

Trappers, we are not able to provide TNR services. We encourage you to utilize the TNR (Trap-Neuter-Release) services at the Sacramento SPCA and the Free Feral Sunday Clinics. To reserve a spot at one of these clinics, please e-mail feralcats@sspca.org or leave a message at 916-504-2818. Unfortunately, if you are unable to schedule an appointment, we recommend releasing the cat at the trapping location and we will resume our routine services when the shelter's cat population becomes more manageable. In addition, spay/neuter vouchers can be obtained through the spay/neuter hotline at 916-808-7383, and the Coalition for Community Cats (volunteer@coalition4cats.org) is another resource.

If you found a friendly, healthy cat, we ask that you come in, so we can scan the cat for a microchip. Often, friendly neighbor cats are indoor/outdoor cats and not lost at all, simply roaming, which is perfectly legal in the City of Sacramento and something cats love to do. A cat’s chance of ever getting back home when entering a shelter is dramatically reduced. We may encourage you to return the cat to the location at which it was found, again, most cats don’t roam more than 6-7 houses from where they live. It is always best to knock on the doors on your street to see if anyone knows the cat.

We apologize for any inconvenience, however when there is no housing left for cats in our facility, we are forced to euthanize perfectly good animals, and no one wants us to do that. Please be patient with us and we appreciate your support and understanding. We plan to resume these extended services on July 17th.

 

 

WHAT TO DO IF YOU FIND a baby KITTEN

 

Flow Chart Stray Kittens What To Do Alleycat Organization

 

If you find stray kittens and wish to surrender them to the shelter, we would greatly appreciate it if they are brought to the shelter’s Reception Center BEFORE 4:00 pm (Wednesday through Sunday).

Bringing the kittens to the shelter earlier in the day helps to ensure that the shelter’s staff has enough time to process the stray kittens AND to contact appropriate foster care providers who can provide short-term support for the kittens in their homes. We do not have staff 24/7 and underage kittens cannot be left alone in the shelter overnight.

We ask that you care for them in your home as our shelter is incredibly crowded. Support in this area truly is lifesaving. 

SPAYING OR NEUTERING A FERAL CAT

Feral cats can be fixed at the Sacramento SPCA on Sundays for FREE. To make an appointment, you may email feralcats@sspca.org or leave a message at (916) 504-2818. For more info on this program, go to www.sspca.org/feralcats.

 

SURRENDERING YOUR CAT

If you own a cat that you wish to surrender, please contact the Sacramento SPCA at (916) 504-2851. An appointment is required, and there is a fee for surrendering your cat. For more info, go to www.sspca.org/post/surrendering-your-pet.

 

online RESOURCES

Coalition for Community Cats – www.coalition4cats.org

Sacramento Feral Resources – www.sacferals.com

Alley Cat Allies – www.alleycat.org

 

DOWNLOADABLE PDF

How to Live With Cats in Your Neighborhood

Feral Cat Deterrents

Keeping Cats Out of Your Yard

Managing Community Cats