Feral F.A.S.T. Program for Barn and Feral Cats

(Feline Alliance Sterilization Team)

Due to the overwhelming need for help in our community and beyond for feral cats, we have a life saving program to help those felines in need.

What is a feral cat? A feral cat is untamed domestic 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. Please download F.A.S.T. FAQs for additional information about feral cats.

Spay/Neuter Program for Feral barn cats (An all-inclusive package):

The cost to spay/neuter feral/ barn cats is $40.00.  
This is a comprehensive package which includes:

  • Spay/Neuter
  • Rabies vaccine (if not current)
  • Distemper combo vaccine
  • Pain medication (given at our clinic)
  • Flea Treatment
  • Ear Tip (a small eartip is mandatory for all feral cats.  This helps to identify the cat as spayed/neutered.  Since these cats live in barns etc., this helps to easily identify them from a distance).

We have feral cat traps that can be loaned out for a $20.00 deposit. Please call the Wellness Center at 508-637-1333 (North Brookfield) for more details and scheduling.  You can also contact our Worcester location as well.

What you need to know and Instructions for feral cat services:

-  Drop off is between 8:00 AM and 8:30 AM the day of surgery.  Payment is expected at the time of drop off.

-  Pick up is at 3:00 PM the same day unless other instructions are given.

-  ALL cats coming into our feral cat MUST be in humane feral cat traps.  All cats coming into this program will be eartipped for identification.

 

 

More feral cat info:

CARETAKER'S GUIDE: An Overview of Caring for Feral Cats

Handouts: "Helping Homeless Cats," and "I am not a crazy cat lady"tl_files/dynamic_dropdown/images/feed em fix em.png

16-minute video on TNR

FAQs

Article: Taking a broader view of cats

Article: Identifying feral cats versus terrified pet cats

Article: Keeping feral cats healthy

Article: Taming feral kittens

Article: Prowling the divide

Be Part of the Solution - Support the F.A.S.T. Program

We want to help feral cats live out a healthy life. Unfortunately, these cats were either born in the wild or were abandoned and reverted back to a wild state. They are not adoptable as house cats. Since these cats have adapted to life outdoors, the best we can do for them is provide vaccinations to keep them healthy and spay/neuter services so that their population is kept under control.

You can help in several ways:

Adopt a Trap: Feral cat traps are expensive and the shelter needs several traps to keep up with the need to loan these traps out to catch the feral cats and bring to the program. You can help by making a donation of $75.00. The trap will be marked with your “adoption”. If you would like to donate a trap, please donate below and if you would like the adoption noted, please note it in the “notes “ section of the paypal submission (or with the check if you are mailing in the donation). Adoption Example “This trap was adopted in memory of Scooter“.

Volunteer: Help by volunteering at the shelter for the feral program. Volunteers are always needed during these programs to do paperwork, clean out the traps while the cat is in surgery, and/or to assist with various other duties during the clinic. If you would like to help, please fill out our contact form.

Donate: It costs the shelter approximately $100. per cat for services through this program. You can help by donating to the program. To do so, you can use the paypal button above or by sending a check to: Second Chance Animal Shelter, Inc., 111 Young Road, P.O. Box 136, East Brookfield, MA 01515.


Save a feral: If you are feeding a feral cat, please get them spayed/neutered. By using this program, you are helping to end pet overpopulation and are helping to make the life of that feral healthier. 

Feral cat adoption: While the shelter does not routinely adopt out feral cats, we do help to rehome feral cats that have lost their existing home. If you have a barn or can provide other suitable housing and feeding for a feral cat, please contact the shelter. 

Farms: Are you a farm? Please email us if you are a farm. Our definition of a farm is someone who is actively utilizing their property for the sale of produce or has farm animals and includes at least one barn or related structure. We do have programs for feral cats specific to the farming community. These farm programs are free or at reduced costs. Please email or call us for details. 

How to Sign Up:

Need a feral or barn cat spayed/neutered? Please call us at (508) 637-1333 to set this up with our clinic.