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Feral cats & kittens

According to the Humane Society of the US, there are more than 400,000 stray cats in Massachusetts alone. Spaying and neutering pets is one of the most important ways we can curb animal overpopulation and ensure the humane treatment of animals.

Baypath has received a grant from the Petsmart Charities for a program to trap, neuter/spay, and return (TNR) feral cats to their colony. This is the most humane and effective way to combat feral overpopulation while improving the cats’ overall health and well being. 

If you’re feeding stray or feral cats or know of the location of a colony of feral cats in Hopkinton or the surrounding towns, please let us know! We may be able to trap in the field, but we also have equipment and tips to help you in the process.

What is a feral cat?

Feral cats are cats that are either born in the wild or were abandoned and reverted to a wild state. Stray cats are not considered feral unless you cannot touch or pick them up. Feral cats will usually run away from you when approached. Feral cats do not live in the house with human contact. Once kittens reach about eight weeks of age, they become very difficult to socialize and are likely to remain feral. If we can get them between five and seven weeks, they have a great chance of finding a home.

What is Trap-Neuter-Return?

(Trap-Neuter-Return) TNR is the process whereby feral and stray cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered and vaccinated by a veterinarian, and then released back to their original locations after recovering from surgery. In addition, the left ear is cropped or “tipped” indicating that the cat has been sterilized.

Why TNR works?

Learn more about feral cats.