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San José Animal Care Center
2750 Monterey Rd.
San Jose, CA 95111

408-794-PAWS (7297)

Stray / Feral Cats & Kittens

“Feral” cats were born on the streets and have not been socialized to people. Most have never had any human contact but some were once semi-tame cats that now have to fend for themselves. These cats do the best they can to survive, facing many hardships but many manage to lead a good existence, especially here in California with our temperate climate. They live in neighborhoods, shopping centers, creeks, commercial properties and near dumpsters—anywhere they can find shelter. Many compassionate people provide daily food and water for these street cats. However, the greatest threat to feral cats is overpopulation. Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) has proven to be the most humane and effective method of managing feral cat populations. With TNR, a feral cat is humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, then returned to the location where they were trapped. It breaks the breeding cycle while allowing the cat to live out its natural life in its original territory.

Removing feral cats from a location is very ineffective as it only opens a territorial void and then more unaltered cats move in, starting the breeding cycle all over again! For information on ways you can help feral cats log onto the Cat Resource Center at

*Ferals that have been spayed or neutered usually have one ear “tipped” or “notched” for easy identification.