Feral Cat Resources

What is a Feral Cat?

A feral cat is a domestic cat that has been lost or abandon and become antisocial.  Feral cats can also be offspring of once stray cats or other feral cats.  It is possible to socialize feral kittens up to 8 to 10 weeks of age and place them up for adoption.  The majority of adult feral cats are not adoptable and are best to live in a managed cat colony with a responsible caretaker. 
Heartland Animal Shelter does not have a feral cat program at this time.  We applauded the work of our fellow animal welfare organizations that are dedicated and focused to promote the welfare of the feral cat.  We recognize and agree that feral cats do not belong in animal shelters.
If you have questions regarding feral cats, please reference one of the following organizations listed below.

Feral Cat Resources

Humane Society of the United States TNR video on YouTube
Less than 5 minute version of HSUS TNR video on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJevLkeMS9U

National Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Advocacy / Action Groups
Alley Cat Allies ? www.alleycat.org
Alley Cat Rescue ? www.saveacat.org
ASPCA ? www.aspca.org
Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) ? www.hsus.org
Neighborhood Cats ? www.neighborhoodcats.org

Local TNR Groups
DuPage County ? Feral Fixers, PACT Humane Society - www.pacthumanesociety.org
Cook County ?    PAWS - www.pawschicago.org
Triple R Pets - www.triplerpets.org
Feral Feline Project - www.feralfelineproject.org 
Lake County ? Spay & Stay: www.spayandstay.org  (847)289-4557
Will & Grundy Counties ? C.O.P.E. (815)-725-8777
Kane County ? Fixin?Feral Felines (847) 525-3556 ? www.feralfixers.org

Low-cost Spay-Neuter Clinics
PAWS-Chicago Spay/Neuter clinic ? www.pawschicago.org
Animals Deserving of Proper Treatment (ADOPT), Naperville ? www.adoptpetshelter.org
Spay and Stay (Lake county) ? 847-289-4557 - www.spayandstay.org