Community Cats

The Community Cat Program, launched in 2011, is a program aimed at reducing the population of uncared-for felines by ensuring all owned cats are spayed or neutered and that free-roaming cats are trapped, altered and returned to their habitats by their caretakers. Through Trap-Neuter-Return (“TNR”), we are able to provide these felines with necessary vaccinations and health checks before sterilizing them and returning them to their homes. The SPCA provides this resource at no cost to residents of Charlottesville and Albemarle and works diligently with members of the public to help manage the community cat population. TNR is the only method proven to effectively reduce the free-roaming cat population. It is a non-lethal approach that is being embraced by towns and municipalities all across the nation. 

The SPCA provided sterilization surgeries and veterinary care for 508 community cats in 2020. We saw an 18% decrease from 2019-2020 in the number of stray felines entering the shelter. Since we started the Community Cat program in 2011, the feline stray intake has dropped by 63%, allowing us to increase feline transport to save more lives!

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Pricing: Free for Charlottesville/Albemarle residents. $60 for customers in other localities. 

spay neuter feral cats

Services include:

  • The spay or neuter surgery, (kittens must be at least 2 months old and weigh 2 lbs. to be eligible for surgery.)
  • FVRCP & Rabies vaccines, (kittens must be at least 3 months old to receive Rabies vaccinations.)
  • Post-op pain medications
  • Ear tipping of the cat’s left ear to indicate sterilization

We offer other medical treatments for a small fee. If your community cat is in need of additional services, please inquire at the front desk when you drop the cat off for surgery. 

We have humane capture traps available for rent. Fees are $5.00 a week plus an $80.00 deposit. The deposit will be refunded to you once the cat is fixed, released and the trap is returned to us. We also offer easy-to-follow instructions on how to successfully trap community cats for surgery.

Community Cats can be dropped off for surgery at the SPCA Monday-Wednesday from 8:15am-9:00am. No appointment is needed if you’re bringing fewer than five trapped cats in on any given day. For large colonies of cats, call us at (434) 973-5959 ext. 310  to make reservations. Staff will notify you at drop-off of when you should come back for pick-up. Please withhold cats’ food the night and morning before surgery but do offer water. FOR THE SAFETY OF STAFF AND CATS, ALL COMMUNITY CATS MUST ARRIVE IN TRAPS.

If you need assistance trapping your cats for Trap-Neuter-Return, please fill out the following form:

TNR Request Form

  • (exact address if known)