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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. https://richmondspca.org/what-we-do/resources/lost-found-pets/

Do you need no cost feral spay/neuter appointments? Our next group sign up for appointments at the Richmond SPCA is on Monday, December XX, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. Or follow the instructions within this link - https://richmondspca.org/what-we-do/resources/community-cat-resources-tnr/

Our feral-friendly spay/neuter clinics in the Richmond area (UPDATED JULY 2020) - 
https://richmondspca.org/what-we-do/resources/community-cat-resources-tnr/ (Our next group sign up is 12.xx.2020) (NO COST feral surgeries in Northside) *** FERAL SURGERIES RESUMED WITH COVID-19 PROTOCOL
http://www.ral.org/our_clinic/feral_cat_info/ (appointments by phone) (NO COST feral surgeries in Midlothian) *** https://www.ral.org/our_clinic/lsnc-and-covid19
http://operationcatnip.weebly.com/ (Next clinic is 10.18.2020 - RESUMED WITH COVID-19 PROTOCOL and LIMITED APPTS) (Appointments are not to be shared, per policy) (NO COST feral surgeries - volunteer-run clinic held monthly at Jessica Beath in Hanover)
http://www.preventalitter.org/ (NO COST feral surgeries in Carytown) ***Limited surgery days due to COVID - Appointments by phone More info - https://preventalitter.org/fridays-fund-for-ferals
http://shillingspayneuter.org/ (Low cost spay/neuter in Mechanicsville) ***Open for ferals. Call for appointment - See instructions here - https://www.facebook.com/ALShillingSpayNeuter/
http://jessicabeathclinic.org/ cost spay/neuter in Hanover) ***OPEN - https://www.facebook.com/JessicaBeathClinic/
http://www.churchhillanimalhospital.com/ (Use of group fund for sick and injured ferals must have prior authorization) ***OPEN WITH COVID-19 CLIENT PROTOCOL
https://www.jonesvetcare.com/ (Low cost spay/neuter/general veterinary care in Carver) ***OPEN

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

Our friends - Goochland Community Cats https://www.goochlandcommunitycats.org/ https://www.facebook.com/saveakittienow/

KITTEN SEASON 2020 IS HERE! What you need to know - http://www.kittenlady.org/ and https://richmondspca.org/what-we-do/resources/kittens/
 
RVA Community Cats - Saving lives since JUNE 2008

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