Independent Animal Care Services LLC
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.
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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.
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