Due to a reduction in available veterinary services for our OCCATS TNR voucher program and a sharp increase in demand due to the closure of county operated programs, we have already exceeded our limit of applications.  We are out of vouchers for the month of October and will not be able to provide any more until November.

As such, we will not be accepting applications at this time for spay/neuter vouchers again until early November, 2021. Please be patient, we will begin accepting new applications as soon as vouchers become available again. We do not have a waiting list, you will need to apply when the application process is open.

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 may defensive of space and 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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

Orange County Animal Care (OCAC) – Feral FREE program (CURRENTLY CLOSED)  You are strongly encouraged to contact Orange County Animal Care at 714-935-6848 or visit their website to encourage them to resume this valuable and humane taxpayer funded service. Due to threatening legal action from misinformed individuals, they have chosen to discontinue this incredibly helpful and valuable taxpayer funded program. Voice your opinion in favor of resuming this program to help control feline overpopulation in our community.

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.

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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