Feral and Free-roaming (stray) cats.
We are providing FREE spay/neuter for all stray and feral cats in the city of Lynchburg. Click here for more information.
A feral cat is a "wild" cat that is not domesticated, they are like any other wild animal. These are cats whose past relatives were good old fashion strays but they had kittens who never came in direct contact with humans and now they are grown up and are unable to be touched or handled. Humans have created the cat problem and now we can help with the solution.
If you or your neighbors are feeding cats living in your neighborhood, it is best that you get them fixed and return them back to your neighborhood. You may wonder why you shouldnt just get rid of them in one way or another. Studies have shown that cats are in a location for a reason, usually a food source. If you humanely trap those that are “wild” and take them to a shelter, you must trap every single one and stop the food source. If you only trap a few, the cats that remain will instinctively breed at a much higher rate in order to maintain the natural balance. Bringing cats and kittens to the shelter each year will not solve the problem.
Feral cats are usually euthanized in local shelters when they dont have to be. They can live out their lives in the environment they have become acustomed to surviving and living in. The right and humane thing to do is to get them fixed and keep them in the neighborhood. If you remove them, then another group of cats will eventually show up to take over the food source that may still remain. Then you have the same problem all over again. By keeping those cats you currently have in their colony setting, they will keep other cats from intruding on their food and remain static in size until they die off of natural causes. Over time the colony will reduce in size and no longer exist.
Please check out our two informational flyers: Ferals: thanks but no thanks and Ferals: how to be part of the solution.
Also please go to Voices For Animals website for information on ferals and their free spay/neuter clinics to help reduce the feral cats you have in your neighborhood.
You may also use the low cost spay/neuter services we have through our organization with the South Central Spay/neuter clinic. If you have questions, would like to take advantage of the spay/neuter services or would like to discuss your feral cat problem, please contact us at: 846-1438.
The Lynchburg Humane Society has received a grant to provide free spay/neuter, rabies and ear tipping for ferals and free roaming cats in the following zip codes: 24501, 24502, and 24504. For more information call us at 846-1438 or check out our City Cat Fix page on the website.