Community cat, also known as outdoor cat, stray cat, alley cat, feral cat, street cat, barn cat and tomcat, are all the same species, Felis catus, the domestic cat. Cats live everywhere. They have lived outdoors alongside humans since before the pyramids. Studies show outdoor cats are as healthy as pet cats and can have the same life span.
Feral cat describes behavior, feral cats are wary of people and live on their own outdoors. Community cats are not adoptable because they are not socialized to humans.
Outdoor cats live in family groups called colonies. Cats are bonded to their environments and colonies. More than 70% of all cats who go to a shelter are killed there. For community cats, that rises to virtually 100%. Removing community cats doesn't work. Catching and killing is ineffective, outdated and cruel. Our Community Cat Release Program is the only humane, effective approach to care for community cats. Cats are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and ear-tipped and then returned to their outdoor home.