About Us

Community Cat Advocats is an all-volunteer, non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR), the only humane and effective way to stabilize and address the community cat population. We work in Winchester and Frederick County, Virginia.  

Who are community cats and What is TNVR?

You may have seen these free-roaming cats living behind businesses or in vacant lots or in neighborhoods. The term community cat encompasses everything from cats who have never been socialized with people (feral cats) to stray, more socialized cats who are abandoned or lost and are living their lives outdoors. Cats most often live in groups, and these are called “colonies” of cats.

Regardless of their background, if they are not spayed or neutered, all community cats contribute to unwanted litters of kittens which leads to increased numbers of cats. With Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return, community cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered by a licensed veterinarian, vaccinated for rabies, and assessed for socialization. Cats and kittens who are social to humans and would do best indoors are adopted to loving homes. Cats who are not social to people are returned to their outdoor homes where they were previously thriving.

What do we do?

Community Cat Advocats carries out TNVR in Winchester and Frederick County. There are a lot of cats who could use our assistance. If you know of cats in need, please fill out our Assistance Form. We will do our best to help. Community Cat Advocats also helps connect kindhearted people caring for community cats, called community cat caregivers, with support and resources. We also educate communities, neighbors, law enforcement on TNVR and living peacefully with feline neighbors.

Our plate is plenty full with TNVR. We do not do the following:

  • Accept cats for adoption

  • Relocate outdoor cats (read why, here)

  • Participate in trapping cats for euthanasia unless health conditions warrant the need

  • Participate in trapping cats for release to animal shelters

  • Assist with owned cats

Community Cat Advocats is proud to be a Best Friends Network Partner, Alley Cat Allies Feral Friend, and member of the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies.


Our Mission

To protect and improve the lives of community cats.

Our Purpose

To provide direct intervention to improve the lives of community cats through TNVR and related activities; advocate for community cats and their caregivers within the community and with local agencies and organizations; provide educational opportunities to increase public awareness of the value of TNVR to our community; and assist in mitigating citizen concerns regarding community cats.


Our Vision

Community cats are valued and accepted as an integral part of our community and live in harmony with people in their shared environment.


"I was quickly overwhelmed when the one stray cat I started feeding turned into more than ten community cats on my back porch for each meal. TNVR was a game-changer. The cats are happier and so am I."

— Local property owner