COVID-19 UPDATE: Clinic availability is changing daily. Please make sure you have an appointment prior to trapping cats during this pandemic. Sick or injured cats are being accepted by local shelters. Please call 311 if you have an emergency.
The SSPCA feral clinic is now taking up to 10 per day as walk-ins (no voucher required for Sac County residents). They are also still scheduling appointments for those with vouchers.
The Coalition for Community Cats, C4CC, is a registered 501(c)3 organization whose goal is to assist community cats and their caregivers in their efforts to Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). Our clinics are held once a month and are open to free-roaming or feral cats.
What Is A Community Cat?
The cats that you see in and around shopping centers, alleys, restaurants and even residential areas are cats who have been abandoned. People may think cats can survive on their own. Unfortunately, they face extreme hazards from starvation, predation, disease and injury.
Many abandoned cats are often pregnant or were not spayed or neutered before they were abandoned. Soon, the female cats will have kittens — and their kittens will have kittens. These second-, third- and fourth-generation cats become wild and very fearful of humans. These cats are called FERALS and often cannot be domesticated. The sad reality is that these cats can reproduce at rapid rates. In just seven years, one female cat, her mate and all of their kittens can produce 470,000 offspring!
What is Trap-Neuter-Return?
Trap, Neuter and Return or TNR is the most successful and proven method of reducing feral cat populations. TNR involves carefully trapping the cats, spaying and neutering them and returning them to their original location. Cats that are social enough to be adopted are placed into new homes. The colony thus stabilizes, fighting diminishes and populations can be reduced through natural attrition.