A community cat is a cat that lives outdoors and does not have a specific home or owner, but rather a territory. These cats are frequently social and are being fed by multiple residents in the area. You may refer to these cats as "strays" or "feral", but regardless of the label, these are cats that are thriving outside.
It is important that these cats be sterilized to end overpopulation issues, prevent the spread of disease and stop less favorable feline behavior. The humane solution is Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR).
PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19, DAS is NOT taking in healthy community cats at this time; we are ONLY taking in emergency cases, including kittens. DAS considers sick or injured cats and kittens and confirmed orphaned bottle-baby kittens (not weaned or eating solids) to be emergencies. We are not taking in healthy moms and litters, healthy kittens that are weaned and eating solids or "gruel" or bottle baby kittens that are not confirmed as orphaned. Any kittens with a mother should be monitored until 8 weeks of age rather than brought to the shelter. For more information regarding nursing or orphaned kittens, please click here.
Dallas Animal Services partners with multiple agencies in the DFW-area that provide TNR resources. If you have cats in your area and are looking for help or are ready to be a part of the solution, please reach out to the following partners:
Cat Matchers (email)
Dallas Cat Lady (email)
Dallas Pets Alive (email)
Feral Friends (email)
*Due to COVID-19, DAS services and some of our partner services have been modified.
Community Cat Colonies
Are you the manager of a community cat colony? Fill out this application so that we can keep track of the cats in Dallas. Please email your completed application to: DASServiceRequest@dallascityhall.com.