Help Wild Cats
WHS Helps Community Cat Caregivers
members of her colony are fed and cared for
by the compassionate Community Cat Caregivers
in a Sherman Park neighborhood.
The goal of this program
is to prevent suffering and overpopulation of undomesticated feral
cats in Milwaukee County. It is a comprehensive
management program that works with community caregivers
to sterilize and provide medical treatment to entire
feral cat colonies.
What is a feral cat?
Feral cats cannot be
picked up or handled by humans. They are the offspring
of outdoor cats that roam free and are not sterilized.
These wild cats are often many generations removed
from human ownership and cannot be placed into a
typical home situation.
How many feral cats are there?
There are thousands of free-roaming cats in Milwaukee
County. Life on the streets is very hard for these
animals and an overabundance of feral cats can pose
other problems, as well. Since
it began in the fall of 2001, the WHS Community
Cat Caregiver Program has treated more than 2,000
feral cats and prevented the births of thousands
The WHS Commitment
To help feral cats
in our area, the Wisconsin Humane Society works
with caregivers in the community that humanely trap
feral cats and bring them to WHS for medical examination,
temperament testing, vaccinations, microchipping
and sterilization surgery. Adult feral cats that
are healthy and don't have FIV or Feline Leukemia
are returned to the caregivers and restored to their
territory. Cats that appear to be sociable will
be considered adoption candidates and will not be
released as feral under the supervision of a caregiver.
and Kevin rest in a secluded spot behind a work
The Caregiver Commitment
long-term care for feral cats in their neighborhood.
They monitor the size and health of the feral cat
colony, provide food and shelter and continue to
trap and bring unsterilized cats to WHS for treatment.
If you would like additional
information about the Wisconsin Humane Society's
Community Cat Caregiver Program email
WHS or call (414) 431-6228.
Caregivers can log in to report their colony data here.
In order for the Community
Caregivers to have the opportunity to do their dedicated
work, the City of Milwaukee needs to adopt a formal
policy regarding feral cats in the community. To
learn more about Carlita, her colony and Trap-Neuter-Return,