Broward County is home to thousands of Community Cats--unowned cats that live outdoors.
Some of these cats are part of a cat colony and are cared for by a Colony Caregiver. Other cats simply roam freely throughout neighborhoods and communities.
In 2015, the Broward County Chapter 4 Animal Care Ordinance was amended to allow for Community Cat Management Programs. The goal is to reduce the overpopulation of Community Cats within Broward County through two sterlization programs:
- Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)
- Return to Field (RTF)
For more information or questions about Community Cat Programs, please e-mail CommunityCats@Broward.org.
Through Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), Community Cats are humanely trapped by residents; sterilized; vaccinated for rabies; ear-notched and then returned to the neighborhood in which they were found.
A special TNR Voucher is available to residents through our WebPortal in order to receive free spay/neuter services for unowned Community Cats. Once the TNR voucher is obtained, residents are to call one of the TNR Providers for a spay/neuter appointment.
PLEASE NOTE: Broward County Animal Care DOES NOT come out and trap the cats for you.
Return-to-Field (RTF) ensures that all healthy Community Cats who enter our Adoption Center will be sterilized, vaccinated for rabies and placed back into the neighborhoods in which they were found.
Socialized adult cats who are healthy will be spayed/neutered and then placed into Adoption.
Returning sterilized cats helps keep new cats from entering a community and helps to reduce nuisance bahaviors. The program's goal is to reduce the number of outdoor cats over time through sterilization.
Residents who wish to deter cats from their property or yard may incorporate some simple solutions to common cat problems.