Free-Roaming Cats

Are you feeding free-roaming cats?

Some clinics provide low-cost spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations for free-roaming cats living in Dallas.

For more information or to schedule surgery, please visit Make an Appointment.

Facts about free-roaming cats:

  • Free-roaming cats live outdoors and do not have homes. These cats are not used to being near people, and run when approached.
  • Big Fix for Big D will help you trap the cats, spay or neuter them, vaccinate them for rabies and clip the tip of one ear to signify that they are fixed, free-roaming cats.
  • Sterilizing these cats is the most humane and effective way to stop the growth of these colonies.

Frequently asked questions

What is Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)? Feral cats are humanely trapped, spayed/neutered, vaccinated, ear-tipped and then returned to their territory.

What is ear tipping? The tip of the left ear is removed while the cat is under anesthesia. It shows that the cat is “fixed” so they’re not trapped again.

Does TNR work? Long term, TNR lowers the population better than trap-and-kill. With trap-and-kill, once the cats are removed, other cats move in to take advantage of the resources. They have kittens, and the cycle never ends. With TNR, we stop the breeding and return cats to their territory, so no new cats move in and no kittens are born. Over time, populations go down.

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