Fairport Harbor Community Cats

Help us lower Fairport Harbor’s community cat population!

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Good News for Fairport Harbor Colony Caregivers

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We work to promote humane control and treatment of feral “community” cats through TRAP-NEUTER-RETURN (TNR) programs, with the goal of stabilizing local feral cat colonies.


We also seek to raise public awareness of these cats and their needs by serving as an educational resource for our village and its residents.

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Why are they here?

Cats will choose a place based on their needs: food and shelter. Cats will gravitate around such locations. Ferals are cats who have become or were born wild; they might have even begun as indoor cats who have become abandoned, lost or stray.

Why can’t you just take them to be re-homed?

Simply put: there is nowhere for them to go. Shelters operate at full capacity with pets that are re-homeable. Feral cats are not always good candidates for adoption. Though some young feral cats can find new homes, they require socialization and time, which is a luxury shelters do not have (due to lack of funding or space).

Euthanasia—which is cruel and ineffective—will not rid an area of the problem. More cats will simply move in to replace the ones who were guarding the area before them and the cycle of breeding feral cats will start all over again.

What is the solution?

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the best, most humane and effective approach to control feral cats. They are gently trapped, spayed/neutered, vaccinated, ear-tipped* and returned to their outdoor home.

*Ear tipping is the universal symbol of a neutered and vaccinated cat and is a painless procedure done while the cat is under anesthesia during its neuter/spay surgery.

Why does TNR work?

With no more breeding, the colony’s population stabilizes! The released TNR cats have improved lives and relations with the community because the behaviors and stresses associated with mating stop.

What can I do to help outdoor cats?

  • FIRST,don’t contribute to the problem. Spay and neuter your own cats and keep them indoors.*
  • Don’t feed and forget feral cats. Feeding these lost cats is generous, but they need shelter and health care as well.
  • Show you care with cash. A small donation can make a big difference in the life of a stray or feral: As little as $25 will get one cat spayed or neutered with ear tipping and a rabies vaccination!
  • Volunteer your time. We rely on volunteer help for: trapping, transportation to and from PetFix, fostering, organization, fund-raising and community education.
  • Become a colony caretaker. If you think you can provide ongoing help to a colony call us to find out how.

*DID YOU KNOW that…one cat can have between 6 and 24 kittens per year! Their kittens can then breed as early as 4-6 months of age. Spaying ONE cat saves many more lives…

To talk about a colony in your area, to ask questions or volunteer, call: 440-251-8576

Or email: fairportharborcommunitycats@gmail.com

For more information on feral cats in Fairport Harbor, visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/fairportharborcommunitycats/

Checks can be made out to:
    Fairport Harbor Community Cats (FHCC)
    510 Courtland Street
    Fairport Harbor, Ohio 44077

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