Independent Animal Care Services LLC

Feral or free roaming cats

Feral cats are born outside, are living in a wild state and are normally untouchable by humans. Many times, when approached by people, they will hiss out of fright. This leads people to believe that they can be aggressive but given the chance, they will run away and hide.

How is a stray cat different from a feral cat?
A stray cat is a pet who has been lost or abandoned, is used to contact with people, and is tame enough to be adopted. A feral cat is the offspring of stray or feral cats and is not accustomed to human contact. Feral cats are usually too fearful to be handled or adopted.

Stray cats may be reunited with their families or adopted into new homes, but feral cats will find it difficult or impossible to adapt to living as pets in close contact with people. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t many things you can do to improve feral cats’ health and quality of life.

To learn more about feral cats please check out the links below:

www.humanesociety.org

www.alleycat.org


A note on feral cats: Normally feral cats are not adoptable. The sad truth is that when we bring a trapped feral cat into the animal shelter it has to be held for the 7 days required by state law, then euthanized. Because of this IACS recommends a humane approach to remediate feral cat problems. You can contact  Camden County Animal Shelter or Animal Welfare Association to inquire about the TnR (trap, neuter, release) programs in your community. Or you can visit www.alleycat.org/deterrents to learn humane ways to deter feral cats from your property.

For residents in Camden County who are having problems with feral cats on their property and wish to have them trapped and removed: IACS does provide traps that are available to rent. Trapped feral cats will be picked up during normal business hours.

 

Residents renting a trap from IACS must abide by the following:

  • The trap is only to be used for the capture of unaltered feral cats. Any other animals should be released unharmed.
  • It is recommended by IACS that feral cats that have been altered, ear tipped, and vaccinated be released on the property.
  • Traps are only to be used on the property of the resident requesting the trap.
  • Traps should only be set during our normal business hours. Feral cats that are trapped after hours or on weekends should be released promptly or taken to the proper animal shelter by the resident.
  • Residents are responsible for maintaining the trap while it is their possession. This include setting up, baiting, and checked the trap frequently throughout the day. Residents should call as soon as they see that a feral cat has been captured. It is the resident responsibility to make sure the the captured feral cat is protected from the elements (rain, snow, temperatures above 85 and below 45 degrees, direct sunlight) or other physical threats.
  •  Residents are responsible for the trap while it is in their possession. If the trap is damaged or stolen, the resident will be responsible for its replacement and/or forfeiture of any deposits.
  • Residents must read and sign our Humane Trap Loan Agreement

You may request a rental trap by filling out the form below. Rental traps are only available for the municipalities that we service. You can find a current list of these municipalities here


Humane Trap Rental Form

By submitting this form you agree to abide by the following guidelines:

  • This trap has been provided for the residents use in capturing unaltered feral cats only.
  • All other animals will be released unharmed and in a timely manor.
  • Altered feral cats that have been ear tipped and vaccinated should be released on the property.
  • Traps are only to be used on the property of the resident requesting the trap.
  • The resident will be responsible for maintaining the trap during the period that it is set at their address. The includes setting, baiting, checking the trap periodically throughout the day and calling as soon as an animal is trapped.
  • Traps should only be set during our normal business hours Monday-Friday 9AM to 5PM.
  • The resident will be responsible for the caring of the captured animal from the time it is caught through the time it is picked up by IACS personnel. This includes: protecting the animal from the elements (rain, snow, direct sunlight in the summer months, temperatures above 85 degrees and below 45 degrees) and from other physical threats (dogs, children, ect.).
  • Captured animals will be picked up by IACS personnel during normal business hours. Animals captured during non-business hours should either be released promptly or taken to the proper animal shelter by the resident.
  • Resident using traps for community TnR programs must deal directly with one of the animal shelters providing spay/neuter services.
  • The resident will be responsible for the trap while it is in their possession. If the trap is damaged or stolen, the resident will be responsible for its replacement and/or forfeiture of any deposits.
  • Do not at any time try to touch or handle an animal that has been captured. Just because it is in a trap and may look cute doesn't mean it won't try to bite or scratch you if you put you fingers in the trap. Please refrain from this.
  • By agreeing to rent a trap from IACS the resident will hold IACS harmless for any injuries or damages that may be caused by the trap or any animal that may be captured in the trap.
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