Catlanta: Lifesaving Assistance for Feral and Stray Cats
We have all seen homeless cats who hang around neighborhoods and businesses in our community. Many of these cats are “feral” – wild because they have had no human contact. They cannot be tamed as pets. They usually live in groups known as feral colonies. “Stray” cats are homeless tame cats that sometimes join these colonies and produce feral offspring. An estimated 30,000 feral cats each year end up in Atlanta’s shelters, where the only option is euthanasia. The taxpayer cost in the Atlanta area to trap and euthanize these cats is more than $4 million annually.
LifeLine Animal Project’s “Catlanta” is the first and largest organized program in the Atlanta area dedicated to humanely controlling feral cat colonies. Catlanta provides resources and support to effectively manage feral cats without killing them. This widely-accepted, humane method of controlling feral cat populations is called TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return).
TNR is a comprehensive method where entire feral colonies are humanely trapped, then evaluated, vaccinated, and neutered by veterinarians. Kittens and cats that are tame enough to be adopted are placed in good homes. Adult cats are returned to their familiar habitat to live out their lives under the watchful care of sympathetic neighborhood Catlanta volunteers.
Utilizing the LifeLine Spay & Neuter Clinics, Catlanta has sterilized more than 22,520 feral cats through TNR. Additionally, Catlanta has facilitated TNR of many more cats through independent veterinarians and clinics. Catlanta operates a trap loan program, provides trapping instructions and workshops, distributes donated cat food to managed colonies, and maintains data on more than 600 feral colonies in greater Atlanta. Over 100 requests for information or assistance are handled monthly by LifeLine’s Catlanta staff and volunteers.
Feral cats live healthy, safe, and peaceful lives in their outdoor environments. Disease is greatly reduced. Nuisance behaviors are virtually eliminated.
Catlanta is a resource, not a rescue. We will not remove cats from your property.
We will provide you the tools and support you need to effectively and humanely manage these cats.