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Wilkes County Community and Feral Cat Program

The Humane Society of Wilkes’ mission is to end euthanasia as a means to control the pet overpopulation crisis. This philosophy applies to feral cats, also referred to as community cats. The Humane Society of Wilkes believes that community cats should be able to live out their lives in their habitat and that controlling their population is crucial to their health and welfare.

A feral cat is defined as an un-owned domestic cat that lives outdoors and avoids human contact.  It does not allow itself to be handled or touched and usually remains hidden from humans. Some feral cats may become more comfortable with people who regularly feed them, but even with long-term attempts at socialization, they usually remain aloof and are most active after dusk.

Trap, neuter, return (TNR) is a universally recognized means of managing community cat populations.  If you are willing to practice TNR and continue to feed and manage a community cat colony, Humane Society of Wilkes offers Feral Cat vouchers for $35, which includes spay/neuter, rabies vaccination, and ear tip. Additional charges may apply such as in heat, pregnancy, cryptorchid, and/or pain meds.

The Humane Society can loan a trap and trapping instructions to the public for those who would like to maintain their colony. 

We have contracted with certain veterinary hospitals to accept the Feral Cat vouchers. Cats must be in traps and feral as defined above to use the Feral Cat voucher. If you are willing to trap and manage a community cat/colony, please fill out the application. A representative from our program will contact you after reviewing your application. Individuals requesting SNAP vouchers for feral cat will not be held to income requirements, but will have to pay for rabies vaccines and ear tipping, in addition to the cost of the voucher ($35).

For large colonies, once talking with our TNR volunteers we will send them to Catawba Humane Society Spay/Neuter Clinic. We do request that you make a donation to the HSOW of $40 to cover the cost of the voucher. The $40 covers spay/neuter, ear tip, rabies, in heat, pregnancy, cryptorchid, and/or pain meds. You also may be asked if you are able to transport the animals. 

Participating Vet List for Feral Cat SNAP Vouchers

Wilkes Veterinary Hospital
1007 2nd Street
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659
336-667-1109

Animal Ark Elkin
188 Claremont Dr
Elkin, NC 28621
336-835-1082

**Please note all applications may not be approved for vouchers due to financial limitations and applications must meet definition of feral/community cat for these vouchers to be approved.  If the cat does not meet the definition of feral/community cat, the applicant will be referred to the SNAP program to determine eligibility for low cost spay/neuter voucher.


TNR/Community Cats Program Application

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