If you’re like many others, you’ve probably seen a cat outdoors and wondered what to do. If the cat lets you approach and pet them, then you should try to find the owner. However, if the cat is feral (or not socialized to humans) that might not be an option.


Community Cat Crew Program

The Community Cat Crew is a Roanoke Valley SPCA program that is staff-led and volunteer-run. They work with community cat caretakers to Trap – Neuter/vaccinate – Return (TNR) cats who live outside in order to improve their lives and to prevent unwanted kittens from being born outside in unsafe conditions. With this program, we help caretakers stabilize and improve the health of cat colonies by spaying or neutering, and vaccinating the cats against rabies.

During TNR, cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated for rabies, ear-tipped (the universal symbol that outdoor cats have been TNR’ed and should be left alone), and then returned to their home territories.

Spaying and neutering reduces problem behaviors such as spraying, fighting or howling, and will reduce the number of intact cats attracted into the neighborhood. Spayed and neutered cats will no longer be able to reproduce, which lowers the number of homeless kittens being born outdoors.


How can we help

The Community Cat Crew is often able to assist outdoor cat caretakers with:

  • TNR training, tips, and support
  • Pet food pantry for outdoor cat food
  • Trapping assistance from our trained volunteers
  • Transport to/from Mountain View Humane vet clinic in Christiansburg
  • Financial aid for spay/neuter and rabies vaccine for outdoor cats

You can apply for assistance from the Community Cat Crew by CLICKING HERE to access the application form.

Availability of the Community Cat Crew is dependent on many factors and we cannot guarantee immediate assistance.


Learn more about TNR

Check out these great resources to learn more about Trap-Neuter/Vaccinate-Return programs:

We are always looking for new volunteers to help with trapping, transport, talking to community members, and more. Contact Jennifer Reed at petsupport@rvspca.org or 540-339-9506 to volunteer or with questions!