Spay/Neuter & TNR
In the PAWS Trap-Neuter-Return program (aka spay/neuter), community cats and barn cats are humanely trapped with box traps, brought to a veterinarian to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, ear-tipped (the universal sign that animal has been neutered and vaccinated), and then returned to their outdoor home.
PAWS volunteers assist clients throughout the entire process for spay/neuter services.
Community & Homeless Cats
- Cats born and raised in the wild.
- Cats who have been abandoned or lost and turned to wild ways in order to survive.
Some community cats tolerate a bit of human contact, but most are too fearful and wild to be handled. Community cats often live in groups, called colonies, and take refuge wherever they can find food, including surrounding pet’s food.
Homeless animals seek out abandoned buildings or deserted cars—or even dig holes in the ground—to keep warm in winter months and cool during the summer heat.
A vet approved TNR program such as PAWS employs is scientifically proven to stop the uncontrolled breeding cycle of cats and therefore improves their lives and the life of people around them while preventing unwanted kittens. A homeless animal typically does not receive medical care and is particularly susceptible to diseases some of which can easily spread to your family and pets.
Barn & Working Cats
Working animals (also referred to as “barn animals”) may be “community cats” or owned animals that earn their own keep, usually by vermin control or property security.
These animals may be regularly fed but normally do not receive regular medical care or neutering so they are susceptible to disease and overpopulation. Working animals usually do not allow themselves to be touched or petted but are tolerant of or friendly to owners and so can spread a disease to owners and their pets.
Stray animals generally are animals that were owned animals but have become lost and homeless.
For all practical purposes, stray animals generally must have some sort of identification signifying ownership or they must be treated like community animals.
In many cases, lost pets will miss human contact and may adopt a new owner. If not attended to or adopted, the stray animal soon becomes a true community animal.
Pets: Cats & Dogs
Pets are animals that have a definite owner and are responsibly maintained. Pets are animals that are totally accepting of humans.