Grand Prairie Animal Services is implementing a new Life-Saving program to provide a free feral cat fix in cooperation with Spay Neuter Network. The program is funded by a grant from the Petco Foundation.
What is a Feral Cat?
A "feral" cat is unsocialized and tends to be fearful of people and keep a distance. Ferals are most often found living outdoors in groups known as colonies. The cats in a colony share a common food source and territory and may include not only ferals but also strays - former pet cats who were recently lost or abandoned and are still tame. Most feral colonies originate from unneutered stray cats. Ferals, as well as strays, are increasingly referred to as "community cats" or "free-roaming cats."
What To Do If You Find a Feral Cat
- Contact the Grand Prairie Cat Crew for assistance on trapping the cat; you may rent a trap from Prairie Paws, please call 972-237-8575 for more information.
- Call the Grand Prairie Cat Crew at 214-552-8038 to set an appointment.
- Have your trap tagged with the cat’s description (black or tabby, etc), your name, and your street address, securely taped to the trap.
- The cats will be spayed/neutered in the surgery clinic at Prairie Paws; they will be eartipped, microchipped, and vaccinated (rabies). You will pick them up the same day between 3:30-4: 30 p.m. and they will need to be monitored overnight. The cat can be released the following day.
- If you need assistance with trapping, please call Prairie Paws at 972-237-8575.
How Fixing Ferals Help the Community
This is a tremendous opportunity to get many of our community cats fixed and decrease the number of homeless cats roaming our city streets. Once fixed, these cats will be better neighbors, will not be as likely to engage in problem behaviors like yowling, fighting, or spraying. Best of all, they will not be reproducing and increasing the number of homeless cats.
For more information, visit the Grand Prairie Cat Crew website.