Who We Are

Compassion for Cats, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) feline rescue organization in Connecticut.  Controlling the overpopulation of stray and feral cats is our primary concern.

What is a feral cat?

Feral cats are unsocialized cats.  Many feral cats have lived in a wild state for generations. Feral cats can be domestic cats that have either been abandoned, lost, or abused, and as a result have “gone feral” or  ”gone wild” in order to survive.  Many of these cats have kittens which continue the feral cat cycle.  Feral cats live in family groups called colonies. These cats can be found anywhere there is a food supply, such as behind shopping areas or businesses, in alleys, parks, abandoned buildings, and rural areas.  They are elusive and do not trust humans.  (Source: spayusa.org; alleycat.org; feralcat.com)

In many instances, feral cats are the result of uncontrolled breeding due to the fact that many cats have not been spayed or neutered.  A pair of breeding cats can have two or more litters per year and can exponentially product 420,000 offspring over seven-years.

U.S. Animal shelters are forced to kill millions of homeless cats each year.

What We Do

Due to the severity of the issue mentioned above, we believe the best solution is to end the reproduction of feral cats through Trap Neuter Return or TNR.

When notified of a feral cat colony, we aim to:

1. Trap each cat in the colony.

2. Take it to a veterinarian to have it neutered, left-ear tipped for permanent identification, and vaccinated.

3. Give it care following surgery.

4. Release it back to the same area where a responsible person will continue to provide food, water, and shelter.

If we discover a cat which is too old, sick or disabled to be released outdoors, we will rehabilitate the cat whenever possible or have the cat humanely euthanized if, and only if, that is deemed the best solution for the cat.

Should a cat or kitten be trapped that has potential to be adopted into a home as a family pet, we will make every effort to socialize the cat and find a safe home after it has been neutered and vaccinated.  Please visit our Foster Care and Adoption page for more details.

Our Goals for the Future

Since we do not have a facility of our own, we currently rely on the use of foster homes.  Our dream is to establish a shelter which would serve as a center for homeless animals awaiting adoption.  This would be a “no kill” animal shelter –  no cat would be euthanized unless it was suffering from an untreatable medical condition,  The facility would not consist of the usual array of small cat cages; it would be a comfortable, non-stressful environment which would allow the cats room to exercise and explore.

We also plan to establish a permanent cat sanctuary.  This will be a safe and comfortable cage-free environment for cats who are unable to be released or adopted.

To make a donation to help us reach these goals, click on the donate button to the right or click here. Any amount that you donate will go towards saving the lives of countless cats and kittens.  Please help us reach these goals and create better environments for those animals in need.

All donations are tax-deductible.  100% of all donations go directly to helping the cats.  Checks should be made out to Compassion for Cats.  Please be sure to include your name and return address information, if a receipt is desired.  Receipts will be automatically sent for amounts over $75.00.

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