There are over 140,000 homeless cats in Waterloo Region. The average lifespan of a cat living on the streets is 3 to 5 years. They are comprised of Strays and Feral cats. A stray cat is one that had a home but for whatever reason is now homeless and living on the streets. A feral cat is one that was born outside and always lived outside.
Stray cats are homeless cats which are usually social and with some time in a foster home and medical care are adoptable. Feral cats will never learn to live indoors but to help control the pet population need to be spayed or neutered and returned to their home. They are also given multi-year vacations to help ensure their health for as long as we can.
Our trapping teams are equipped to manage both stray and feral cats. We work with a local TNR program to ensure they are Trapped Neutered and Released back to their home. Stray cats are trapped, brought to a foster home to reintroduce them back into indoor living. They are also spayed or neutered if not already done, vaccinations and microchipped. These cats, once deemed adoptable will placed up for adoption.
We also plan to bring information and education to anyone who wants to learn more, learn how to help, learn how to manage feral colonies and more.