**We currently are unable to provide TNR services outside of Middletown and will never relocate or remove feral or stray cats from an area. It is cruel and we do not support this behavior. We are also unable to take in friendly stray cats or kittens that are found, however, we are able to help promote adoption by posting on our social media and website. See our Community Cats Page for more information. If you are looking for ways to help or stop the overpopulation and cycle of kittens, we are willing to lend out humane traps and provide education on how to trap cats. You can also use the resources below for caring for the cat(s) when they are returned after their spay/neuter surgery. The list further below also contains all low-cost spay/neuter clinics in CT that can help with the financial burden. Thank you for caring for the feral or stray cat(s) in your neighborhood.
Feral Colony Care
Nutrition & Water
Caring for a feral colony is hard work but can be so rewarding. Each colony needs to have food and water daily. If you cannot get to the colony on a daily basis, we recommend replenishment bowls that you can buy at local pet stores. You want to select bowl colors that will blend in with the area where you’re feeding and not cause unnecessary attention. As far as the type of bowls, heavy plastic bowls are versatile and easy to clean. Metal can retain heat or cold more than plastic, staying cool or staying hot longer. We do not suggest glass as it can break and be a safety threat to the cats. In the winter, freezing water is the biggest threat. There are ways to help ensure your feral cats have access to water in the winter and preventing water from freezing. We also encourage a feeding station to help keep the food and water protected from the sun and rain. The station should be located where you can easily get to it but is not easily visible to the public and should not be directly on the ground. Raccoons cannot jump as high as cats and it protects the food/water from any ground water after rain/snow. You can either buy one already made or you can easily make your own.
To help feral cats keep warm in the winter, there are many options for winter shelter. You want to make sure that the shelter is insulated and that you use STRAW, not hay or towels/blankets. Straw will help keep the shelter dry while also keeping the cats warm. The cats will be able to huddle together to use body heat along with the insulation and straw to keep warm. There are many ways to construct winter shelters or purchase them already made.
How to build a shelter
Where to buy a shelter
Low cost spay/neuter
- POA SPAY!
Protectors of Animals Low Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic
144 Main St. Unit E
East Hartford, CT 06118
- State of Connecticut Dept. of Agriculture
Animal Population Control Program
165 Capitol Ave.
Hartford CT 06106
- Fox Memorial Clinic Service
701B Russell Rd
Newington CT 06111
- Nutmeg Spay/Neuter Clinic
25 Charles Street
Stratford CT 06615
- New HOPE Spay/Neuter Clinic Inc.
214 Canal St.
Planstville CT 06479
All appointments made online
- TEAM Mobile Feline Unit
PO Box 591
Westbrook CT 06498
- Help for Pets
PO BOX 4424
Danbury CT 06813
Low Income only – Danbury and surrounding towns
- C.A.T.S. Northeast, Inc.
P.O. Box 345
Mansfield Center, CT 06250
- STITCH Program
East Hartford Animal Clinic
109 Connecticut Blvd.
East Hartford, CT 06018
Feline and Canine reduced cost spay/neuter packages (includes vaccines).
- SpayUSA (North Shore Animal League Program)
Certificate Program and Referral Program
- SPAY Connecticut
Low cost spay/neuter clinics for those in Hartford area with financial need! The next SPAYCONNECTICUT $50 includes spay/neuter surgery and vaccines. Call 1-844-772-9281 for information!
- Central Connecticut Cat Project
Sponsored by FOBAC
Low-cost program for tame and feral cats
- Dakin Community Spay/Neuter Clinic
171 Union Street (entrance on Dale Street)
Springfield, MA 01105
Low cost spay/neuter clinic for cats and dogs
- POA SPAY!
For further information visit these sites:
- Alley Cat Allies – Alley Cat Allies is the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats.
- Neighborhood Cats – Neighborhood Cats believes Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the most humane and effective method available to end the severe feral cat overpopulation crisis faced by this country.
Neighborhood Cats TNR handbook – guide to feral cats, care and TNR. Cat Tales used this guide along with Ally Cat Allies to create our TNR policies.
- Humane Society of the United States – The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest and most effective animal protection organization.
- ASPCA – is “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.”