The Humane Animal Rescue’s Community Cat program works to improve the lives
of cats in our community and reduce the unnecessary euthanasia of healthy, happy cats.

Community cats are un-owned cats that live outdoors in the community. These cats may be feral or friendly, may have been born into the wild, or may be lost or abandoned pets.

All free-roaming cats found outside are spayed/neutered, ear-tipped, vaccinated, and released in the same outdoor location where they were found.

If there are stray or feral cats in your community that need spayed/neutered, you can participate in our Community Cats program by trapping and transporting these cats to receive their surgery!

Call us at 412-345-0348 for more information on how to get involved.

Removing these cats from the community doesn’t eliminate the nuisances they create and actually encourages cat populations to steadily grow. When you return cats that have been spayed/neutered, they continue to use resources but are unable to reproduce, decreasing the free-roaming cat population over time. Sterilization also reduces problematic behaviors like fighting and spraying. Euthanizing healthy, feral cats is not an option at the Humane Animal Rescue.

Under this program, only community cats that are over 6 months of age and thriving are returned to their environment. If the cat is healthy, we know it has found a food source and shelter, just as other wild animals have.

It may be hard to imagine living outdoors during winters, however, we know cats have adapted and manage to survive year round. Similar programs have been successfully implemented in all types of climates across the U.S. and Canada.

Although community cats do often hunt to survive, this program will reduce the impact on birds and wildlife. By reducing the number of cats living outside by spay/neuter, we are doing the best thing for all involved. This does however take time, determination, patience and collaboration. Simple removing cats from an environment is not effective or humane.

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Humane and Wildlife Education

We’re committed to educating the public about the interesting and unknown behaviors of animals.

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Behavior and Training Classes

To love your dog is to learn with your dog! Our team is comprised of some of the city’s most knowledgeable canine trainers.

Read More

Lost and Found Pets

Found a lost pet and unsure of what to do next? Let us help you figure it out!

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