FAQs for those involved with feral colonies

FAQs for those involved with feral colonies

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  1. I currently have six outside feral cats/kittens ( and a possum) that I am caring for, however, it is getting very expensive to feed them. Is there any where that donates food?

    • Hi Valerie,

      We periodically post about food donations made to the Feral Coalition that are available to colony caretakers like yourself. There was one quite recently. Please join our Yahoo Group or follow us on Facebook/Twitter to stay informed about donations we have access to. http://ca.groups.yahoo.com/group/TorontoFeralCatCaretakers/

      We will be requiring all those requesting donations to have their colony registered with us in the near future, but it the meantime it is open to anyone caring for ferals. http://ca.groups.yahoo.com/group/TorontoFeralCatCaretakers/

      You can also check with Toronto Animal Services (all locations) they often get food donated to them, and will give this away to colony caretakers.

      Another way for people to get free donations is to make connections with their local pet stores, they often have food that is close or at expiration date that they will donate for free.

      Valerie, TFCP

  2. We have a feral cat colony and require help in the area for convessing in Moran Road area. North of Sheppard/Midland Ave area.

    Thanks

    • Hi Deborah,

      Are you looking for canvassing help? Have you attended the workshop and are you currently doing TNR on the colony?

      thanks,
      Valerie
      TFCP

    • Hi Deborah,

      I’m going to forward your request for canvassing help to the Coalition. Hopefully we can find you some volunteers to help you canvass the area.

      Valerie
      TFCP

  3. We had 3-4 stray cats in our backyard area – now there are at least three kittens. The neighbours feed them and I have too. I think they shelter in garages. They aren’t a nuisance.

    Is there a way to get them spayed or neutered so this group does not get out of control? We are in the Eglington W. – Dufferin area.

    • Hi EllenAlice,

      The way to get them spayed and neutered is to attend our workshop. We teach people how to trap feral cats humanely and access the free city services available. We issue certificates to workshop attendees that allow them to access these free services, so it financially feasible for everyone.

      If you have a disability and are physically unable to do the trapping yourself, we can try to arrange for help, but resources are incredibly scarce, so you may have to wait. We are an all volunteer organization and we are inundated with trapping requests from people who do not want to help the cats themselves.

      Our next workshop in Toronto will be in October if you wish to register, please go to our registration page and fill out the form. The location and date will be posted in the next few weeks.

      Hopefully I’ve answered your question, but if you have any more, let me know.

      Valerie
      TFCP

      • Hi Valerie,

        I just online registered myself and my husband up for the September training session in Oshawa, before I saw your reply. If we can get in to it, we don’t mind making the trip to get started sooner in properly caring for this group of cats (we’ve noticed two other kittens in the group). But will our certificates we receive in Oshawa qualify us for services in Toronto?

        • Hi Ellen,

          As you already know now, your certificate is only good for services in Toronto. Oshawa and other arounds outside of the GTA do not yet have programs in place that offer free spay-neuter services for feral. It’s just TAS, THS, and Toronto Street Cats Clinic. The OSPCA has a discounted program for ferals, but it’s not free.

          Thanks for making the trip out to Oshawa! Let me know if you have any other questions.

          Valerie
          TFCP

  4. Would you kindly post the link where people who have taken the workshop can REGISTER their colonies? Thanks.

    • Hi Dayle,

      The link is on our home page header under the name “Survey”. You can get directly to that page from this URL: http://www.feraltoronto.com/survey/

      The current method to complete to the survey is to download the file from this page, fill it out, and then upload the completed file with your name and email address.

      We are currently working on a new online version of the survey that will give out usernames and passwords, so that colony managers can come back and update the form as TNR of their colony progresses.

      Please let me know if you have any other questions or issues.

      Valerie,
      TFCP

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