Feral cats are spayed or neutered to:

  • improve quality of life
  • reduce number of feral cats euthanized
  • reduce or eliminate feral cat colonies through attrition

How the Program Works

  • The spay/neuter clinic (see information below) is for cats in colonies being managed by colony caretakers
  • The colony must be registered with the Toronto Feral Cat Coalition and caretaker must complete a 2.5 hour virtual Trap, Neuter & Return course offered by Community Cats Toronto
  • Fill out waiver and consent form
  • A City staff member visits new colonies
  • Surgery dates can be booked emailing feralcats@toronto.ca or by calling 416-338-6281
  • Caretakers trap the cats and bring to shelter for surgery and an ear tip (so they can be identified later)
  • Cats returned to original colony by caretakers after recovering from surgery (usually 24 to 48 hours)
  • For trap rental and recovery space, visit feralcatrecoverycentre.com
  • More than 6,000 cats have been spayed or neutered since the program began

Toronto Feral Cat Coalition

Toronto Animal Services is a member of the Toronto Feral Cat Coalition. This group has a mandate to:

  • help reduce feral cat over-population through TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) and accessible spay/neuter clinics
  • educate and build awareness among cat owners and caregivers about the many resources available for TNR and colony management in Toronto.
  • support the ongoing welfare of Toronto’s colonies