Wild, unsocialized cats are called Feral Cats. They colonize and can be a helpful addition to local communities as they control the rat population and provide other benefits. Please note that a feral cat is not the same as a stray cat that may be someone’s lost pet. Lost pets can be scared, but they are not necessarily feral or wild.
“Feral cats are the same species as domestic cats, but they are not socialized to people and prefer to live in family groups called colonies. Because they are not adoptable, they are almost always killed in animal shelters.” – Alley Cat Allies
Although feral cats are wild and considered not adoptable in animal shelters, they can be trapped, neutered, and returned (TNR) to their colony. This keeps the colony under control and allows them to co-exist with people while doing their job in contributing to the local eco-system. You’ll know a cat has been TNRd when you see an ear that has been tipped (no longer pointy, but squared-off).
The links below are videos by Alley Cat Allies and will open in a new browser window:
Feral Friends Network (not a video, but a helpful resource)
Click here to watch a short video about how to help rescue and rehome abandoned dogs living on the streets.
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