What is a feral cat? Community cats are cats in our neighborhoods and commercial properties
that are not socialized to people. They are the same species as a
domesticated cat; they were just not raised to trust humans and are not
ideal for indoor living. If they have a litter of kittens, they can be
socialized to humans if caught by a certain early age. Most of these
cats come from a blood line that once started with a domesticated cat
but due to many possible situations became outdoor cats.
What is a stray cat? Stray
cats on the other hand are outdoor cats that have at some point been
around humans and in many cases can be adopted out to live wonderful
lives indoors. Strays are typically pets that were lost or abandoned at
What is a working cat? Semi-feral cats can live a great life providing mousing services to owners of barns, horse stables,
warehouses or other suitable outdoor locations. Healthy cats receive veterinarian care including sterilization, rabies shot and
exam. No adoption fee is assessed. It's a win-win! Contact HSLC if you can use their services.
If you have a feral
cats that need to be spayed/neutered or assisted for medical reasons
please fill out the TNR request form below and HSLC volunteers will
contact you. If you are able to assist with the trapping your request
can be processed more quickly.
your request involves a medical emergency (very sick or injured cat),
or involves cats that are in danger please call Loudoun County Animal
Services at 703-777-0406.