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Community Cats

What is a community/feral cat?
A feral cat is an unowned cat living outdoors that typically avoids human contact. They usually live in family groups called colonies and can be found anywhere there is food. If taken to the shelter, they are highly unlikely to be adopted, and usually must be euthanized.

What is Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Release and how does it work?
Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Release (TNVR) is the humane option for reducing community cat populations. Feral cats are trapped, transported to Animal Services to be spayed or neutered and vaccinated for rabies and other diseases and then returned to where they were trapped. This technique helps cats live healthier and improves lives. In turn, the community benefits because the feral and community cat population stabilizes and declines over time.

How to help community cats and kittens in your area?
If you have cats in your neighborhood, contact Cumberland County Animal Services at for more information. 



Click here for more information on why Cumberland County Animal Services supports TNVR.

For more information on TNVR:

Humane Society of the United States

Alley Cat Allies


Contact Us

4704 Corporation Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28303

Phone:  910-321-6852
Fax: 910-223-3357

Director: Elaine Smith, RVT
Shelter Hours
Mon. - Fri. 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sat.             1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

To report animal bites or injured animals after normal hours, call the Sheriff's Office at