Community Cats & TNVR

Community Cat is a cat that is abandoned, stray, lost, or feral and cared for by a community cat caregiver – as defined by the Wake County Animal Control Ordinance.

TNVR (Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Release) is the practice of trapping feral cats, sterilizing them, vaccinating them and releasing them to live out the rest of their days in peace and freedom. 

TNVR Wake is made up of a coalition of animal rescue groups and shelters that came together in 2009 to make a difference in the lives of community and feral cats in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Learn more on the TNVR Wake website.

Some spay/neuter clinics offer low-cost or even free options for feral or community cats: Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinics



Gray community cat with tipped ear

What does "Eartipping" mean and why is it done?

Eartipping means the removal of a 1/4-inch tip of a community cat's left ear which is performed while the cat is under anesthesia.  It is done to identify the community cat as being sterilized (spayed or neutered) and lawfully vaccinated for rabies.

Need a working cat for your farm?  

Find out how to adopt one from the Wake County Animal Center!

Learn About Wake County Working Cats