What are Community Cats? They are the same as feral cats. These cats have been dumped in the neighborhood, or otherwise abandoned by humans. Either due to lack of socialization while owned or due to living away from humans, they tend to not be touchable cats, but instead skittish around humans. Many spay/neuter clinics designed to help these cats will require that the cats you bring in be 'feral' and not touchable.
Eartipping Community Cats is essential. An eartip is a sign to all other people involved with these community cats that this cat has already been spayed or neutered and vaccinated. This can save the cat's life in many ways. People will be less likely to re-trap the cat, as they already know it won't produce any kittens. When the cat is trapped and taken to a shelter, people will make an effort to find it's caretaker.
Want to help feral cats in your area but you aren't sure how to deal with them?
Please email Jill at
for more information, or take a look at Alley Cat Allies to learn more about what feral cats need, and how to not add to the problem. Feeding without spaying actually hurts the ferals in your area, because this gives them enough food to have lots of kittens, and eventually feeding them will either be too costly (some colony cartakes pay over $100/month for cat food), or there will be so many that neighbors and businesses nearby will complain.
Click HERE to see what ONE female cat can produce with her offspring.
FREE LIMITED TIME FERAL OPENINGS- NO Appointment Needed. Appointments in San Franscisco.
Clinics near Yolo County specifically for feral cats. (See other cat options that will take ferals too).
All three provide spay/neuter, vaccinations (fvrcp and rabies if old enough), flea treatment, and minor wound care if possible for $15/cat.
Solano Feral TNR Task Force (in Solano County)
Phone: (707) 421-5515
Sacramento SPCA Feral Clinic
Specify that you want to sign up for a feral clinic in your message. Typically held the third Sunday of each month.
Coalition for Community Cats
Sign up online only. Held at Sac SPCA in Sacramento, typically the first Sunday of each month.
Sacramento Area Animal Coaltion Vouchers for Ferals
Link to Voucher
Must Apply Online for Vouchers. Limited number per person, see website for participating clinics.
Most other clinics, including all those listed in the Spay/Neuter options for Cats, will spay and neuter feral cats. Most charge the same fee as for a tame cat, and so these will most likely be more expensive than clinics specifically for feral cats.
Yolo County SPCA's Transport to Auburn or Diamond Springs
Both feral and tame cats are welcome on these transports. Cost depends on which clinic the transport is going to. Please look at the full description of these transports under the tame cat low cost spay/neuter options by clicking HERE.
Sacramento Area Animal Coalition
Address: P. O. Box 161043, Sacramento, CA 95816
Phone: (916) 808-SPAY (7729) Email is preferred for Feral Cat questions
Sacramento Area Animal Coalition (SAAC) has a feral cat voucher program. Participating vets are all in Sacramento (a new one is in Natomas), and so this is not typically the closest option for those in Yolo County. Co-payment is only $10. Please see their website for more details and email them if you have addtional questions.
Address: 6201 Florin Perkins Road, Sacramento, CA 95828
Website: http//www.sspca.org or http://www.sspca.org/SpayNeuter.html
In addition to having feral cat clinics at their facility, Sac SPCA also allows for feral cats to come in as walk-ins. See excerpt below from Sac SPCA’s website:
‘Trapped feral cats may also be brought to our Spay/Neuter Clinic Monday through Saturday without an appointment. We will only accept one trapped cat per person as there is limited space during the week. Surgery spaces will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. Price is $45 for a female and $30 for a male and includes spay/neuter, FVRCP and rabies vaccinations, and a mandatory ear tip. Drop off time is 7:15AM to 8:00AM and pick up is between 4PM and 5PM the same day.’
***Both SAAC and Sacramento SPCA have a full listing of other clinics in the Sacramento area that are low-cost. These lists are not always current on prices, but provide other possible options available to individuals. These clinics are generally more highly priced than the clinics listed above, or are farther away, but are important options to be aware of***