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"And homeless near a thousand homes I stood, And near a thousand tables pined, and wanted food" -- William Wordsworth

Welcome to RVA Community Cats (formerly Richmond VA Feral Cats). Our group is a network of advocates, independent trappers, caretakers, foster homes, and rescuers promoting the humane treatment and non-lethal control of feral and free-roaming community cats in Richmond, VA and central Virginia counties. 

Our experienced volunteer caretakers provide a supportive online community as well as advice, guidance, and education at no cost to feeders, trappers, and fellow caretakers with feral cat colony management issues. 

Group membership is open to those practicing trap-neuter-return-manage (TNRM), a compassionate tool in the management of feral cat colonies as well as to those able to support via foster homes.

Join us as we continue building our network of caretakers, trappers, and foster homes for rescued feral and stray cats. 

Have you lost your cat? We recommend following the steps suggested on the Richmond SPCA's lost and found pet resource site. If your cat is sighted but not captured, our members may be willing to loan traps in assistance. See the following sites for tips - https://www.missinganimalresponse.com/lost-cat-behavior/ AND https://richmondspca.org/what-we-do/resources/lost-found-pets/

Our feral-friendly spay/neuter clinics in the Richmond area (UPDATED 09.13.2021) - 

https://richmondspca.org/what-we-do/resources/community-cat-resources-tnr/ (NO COST feral surgeries in Northside) (Our next RVA Community Cats group appointment sign up is 12.06.2021) IMPT - Weight of empty trap required for TNR appointment intake.

http://www.ral.org/our_clinic/feral_cat_info/ (NO COST feral surgeries in Midlothian) - Appointments offered by phone - UPDATED instructions 07.27.21 - "We have five appointments available per day for community cats. Appointments are scheduled on an ongoing basis approximately two weeks in advance. Call (804) 379-9725 option 3 on Fridays at 5:30PM and leave a voicemail with your name and number to request an appointment."   *** IMPORTANT - "Paperwork must be submitted a minimum of one business day BEFORE your pet's appointment. No exceptions." https://www.ral.org/our_clinic/

http://operationcatnip.weebly.com/ Next monthly clinic - 09.19.2021 - NO COST feral surgeries - all volunteer-run clinic held monthly at Jessica Beath in Hanover - Appointments are not to be shared, per policy.

http://www.preventalitter.org/ (NO COST feral surgeries in Carytown) Appointments requested by online form.
UPDATED INFO 08.27.21 - "The form will turn on again on 09.20.21 at 9am for routine cat spay/neuter requests. Please do not call or email about your request for routine spay or neuter." https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeNt6hpNiIkjmfexOPdKcyP8PKkS9yBMaAYzAHGF4gQd_-mMg/closedform 
Call if you have a pregnant female - 804-359-6369 

http://shillingspayneuter.org/ (Low cost spay/neuter in Mechanicsville) All appointment scheduling is done over the phone, not via email or text, so please call (804) 368-6232 and leave a detailed message. Pre-payment is taken at the time your appointment is scheduled

Kincheloe South at the Jessica Beath Clinic - ***OPEN for cost spay/neuter in Hanover
http://jessicabeathclinic.org/   https://www.facebook.com/JessicaBeathClinic/

https://www.jonesvetcare.com/ (Low cost spay/neuter/general veterinary care in Carver. Currently not scheduling feral spay/neuter) ***OPEN

Southside Virginia and Hampton Roads Low cost feral spay/neuter - https://www.peta.org/about-peta/learn-about-peta/helping-animals-in-hampton-roads/snip/

Sick or injured feral cats - 

http://www.churchhillanimalhospital.com/ (We have a member-only group fund here. Use of group fund for sick and injured ferals must have prior authorization) [NOTE - Due to limited appointment availability, we are not accepting fund donations at this time.]

https://lockeataylordvm.com/ Glen Allen Animal Hospital is reported to treat injured feral cats.

Quick Links - 
Capturing difficult cats for TNR - http://www.neighborhoodcats.org/how-to-tnr/trapping/hard-to-catch-cats
Feral cat relocation protocol - https://www.neighborhoodcats.org/how-to-tnr/colony-care/relocation
Neonatal kitten care - http://www.kittenlady.org/
Taming feral kittens - http://www.feralcat.com/taming.html
Well worth reading - http://catdefender.blogspot.com/
* Neighborhood Cats TNR Handbook (no cost download) - http://www.neighborhoodcats.org/how-to-tnr/getting-started/the-7-steps-of-tnr
Recommended Traps - https://www.livetrap.com/  https://www.trucatchtraps.com/  http://www.safeguardproducts.com/

 

RVA Community Cats - Saving lives since JUNE 2008

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