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To improve the lives of the animals in our care, be timely and compassionate in our responses, educate the public through community outreach and, provide for the health and safety of the citizens and animals of Ventura County.

Community Cats

Community Cats TNR SurgeryAlso known as: Outdoor Cats, Alley Cats, Feral Cats, Street Cats, Barn Cats and Tom Cats. Community cats typically encompass any unowned, outdoor cat. Many of these types of cats have been lost or abandoned and may receive food or care from one or more residents in a community. Feral cats are cats who are too poorly socialized to be placed in homes as a typical domestic cat.

Ventura County Animal Services (VCAS) intakes thousands of cats each year, some of whom are feral and cannot be adopted to a family as a typical house cat. VCAS supports the management of community cat colonies through TNR (Trap Neuter Return). When feral cats enter our shelter system, they are scanned for a microchip to determine if they are owned by someone or part of an established feral cat colony. If they are part of an established colony, they are already spayed/neutered and vaccinated and can be returned to the area from which they were found if the area is safe to do so. If the area is not safe for them to return (like near a busy intersection) the cat will be adopted out as a Working Whiskers cat where he/she will live out their days doing what these cats do, hunt mice and rodents. Learn more about our Working Whiskers program by visiting www.vcas.us/WorkingWhiskers

Feral cats who are not yet part of an established colony will be spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and ear-tipped. Ear-tipping is the process by which a tip of the cat's right ear is surgically removed (while under anesthesia) so they can clearly be identified in the wild without needing to trap them.

There are a number of participating organizations who offer spay and neuter services for community cats.

Supporting Documents:
TNR Surgery Instructions
Humane Trapping Instructions

(805) 388-4275
600 Aviation Drive
Camarillo, CA 93010
(805) 641-1170
110 N. Olive St.
Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 646-6505
402 Bryant St.
Ojai, CA 93023
(805) 584-3823
1659 E. Los Angeles Ave.
Simi Valley, CA 93065
(805) 278-4433
2252 Craig Dr.
Oxnard, CA 93036

* Effective Monday, August 12, 2019, VCAS will be accepting TNR Spay/Neuter surgeries by appointment only. To schedule a Spay/Neuter surgery for a feral cat, please visit www.vcas.us/TNRsurgery  and use our online scheduling system. If you're having difficulty, please call us directly at (805) 388-4275.

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Herman Bennett Foundation
TNR Surgeries performed at Ventura County Animal Services are proudly sponsored by the Herman Bennett Foundation.

Resources:aspca1     aspca2