A community cat is a cat that is owned (wild) or semi-owned, meaning the cat may be cared for by people, but no one takes ownership of the cat. These cats may live in a residential neighborhood or business area as part of a community of outdoor cats. Community cat often arrive at the shelter as strays with no identification, such as a microchip or rabies tag. These cats may be feral (wild), semi-feral, or friendly, and usually have not been spayed or neutered.
The Working Cat Program at Williamson County Animal Center provides free spay and neuter services for feral (wild), semi-feral and friendly cats who stay in barns and other structures. These cats are often called "mousers" or "barn cats". For more information.
The free Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program allows for identifying and trapping any outdoor cats (owned or unowned), which are then spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and ear-tipped before rejoining their communities.
The Williamson County Animal Center offers an income-based spay and neuter program for indoor cats and certain dogs belonging to residents of Williamson County. Click here for more information.