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.