Due to increased reductions and significant backlogs veterinary services for our OCCATS TNR voucher program and a high demand for assistance due to the closure of County and City operated programs, we have already exceeded our limit of applications.  We are out of vouchers for the month and will not be able to provide any more until next month.

As such, we will not be accepting applications at this time for spay/neuter vouchers again until December, 2022. Please be patient, we will begin accepting new applications as soon as vouchers become available again.
We do not maintain a waiting list so you will need to apply when the application process is open.


Due to high demand, we must limit the number of vouchers that any one individual or group can receive. 


Please remember that we are a small and local nonprofit organization that is not funded by any government agency or national organization (we are not affiliated with the ASPCA).

If you are a veterinary clinic and wish to be part of the solution and support our program by helping to provide veterinary services, please contact us at (714) 964-4445.

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Feral, Stray and Community Cats

Have you discovered an abundance of outdoor cats in your neighborhood and are not quite sure what you can do to help?  Here are some things to consider.

Is it a stray cat or a feral cat?

  • Stray cats may be fearful at first, especially if they have not had human contact for a long time but may eventually warm and will be able to be picked up.  Stray cats have the possibility of becoming pets once again.
  • Feral cats however are very skittish and fearful of humans and while they may eventually let a caretaker pet it, generally cannot be picked up, and would make poor indoor pets. They are often defensive of space and their kittens and may even lunge in an attempt to bite or scratch, especially if cornered.

Are they kittens?

  • Kittens may not be abandoned. Mom may be moving them or away searching for food. You should always wait before taking action as remaining with mom is always the best for young kittens.
  • Feral kittens can be domesticated to become indoor pets with proper care and socialization, however there is a very small window for this to happen between about 4 weeks old to 8 weeks old. Timing is essential to increase chances of successfully domesticating a feral.

OC Animal Allies is not a shelter and does not take in animals.

What kind of time and resources do you have available?

  • If the cat is a feral, trap-neuter-return (TNR) is the recommended and most humane option.  This is where the cat is humanely trapped, so it may be fixed (spay for females, neuter for males), and then returned to the location where it was trapped.
  • If the cat is a friendly stray or kitten under 8 weeks, ideally they could be socialized and then rehomed.  Sometimes you can find a cat rescue that has the resources to do this however please understand that most cat rescues are often at full capacity and always thin on budget.  At this point you would have to decide whether you would have the time to socialize and rehome on them your own, or if you would only be able to commit to at least having them fixed so they do not increase the population of outdoor cats without homes.

Important!

DO NOT make an appointment before you have been approved for and receive your voucher. As vouchers are very limited, we are not able to provide vouchers on demand because you you have trapped a cat or made an appointment in advance without a voucher. We reserve the right to limit or deny vouchers given to any individual or group.
It is very important to have a plan BEFORE you trap, as appointments for spay and neuter as well as vouchers are very limited. OC Animal Allies is not a rescue or shelter and we are unable to take in animals. We do not directly provide veterinary services and do not have control over appointments with our contracted hospitals.

Once you have decided TNR is the best way to proceed, you may find tips for trapping on many feral cat organization websites. You can also search on YouTube for helpful videos. Many local feed stores will often rent or loan traps and offer advice.

Once you have committed to trapping the cat, there are some cities that have decided to take action in controlling the community cat population and offer return to field programs for residents participating in the TNR process. You can check with your city or animal control agency to see if such a program is offered in your community.

For those who cannot take advantage of  city assisted programs or who wish to have a little more control over the treatment of their community you can apply online for an OCCATS Feral Fix spay/neuter voucher through our OCCATS (Orange County Cares About Cats) program.

Once you have committed to trapping the cat, there are many cities that have decided to take action in controlling the community cat population and offer return to field programs for residents participating in the TNR process.

Support OC Animal Allies

OC Animal Allies is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to supporting Orange County families and their animals. We are funded solely by the generous donations of individuals and corporations in the community that we serve.

A Big Thank You

TO OUR OC ANIMAL ALLIES PARTNERS