Stray & Feral Cats
Citrus Heights Animal Services (CHAS) and their partners, River City Cat Rescue (RCCR) and Sacramento Area Animal Coalition (SAAC), are able to offer FREE spay or neuter for ANY Citrus Heights Cat!
Download the flyer here.
Mixed rural and urban neighborhoods with flowing creeks and beautiful greenbelts are just as attractive to cats and wildlife as they are to people. Abandoned cats gravitate toward 'natural' hunting grounds or to locations where food is plentiful, often left by a well meaning Good Samaritan. Cats are beneficial to reducing rodents and nuisance wildlife from fields and creek areas, barns or warehouses, and community cats can reduce rodent infestation in urban areas.
Unfortunately, cats can become a nuisance as well. Intact male cats spray and mark territory, while female cats can go into heat up to ten times in a year. The heat cycle can last up to 2 weeks, which means that for 20 weeks a year you could be dealing with the thrashing, howling, flirting, and yowling that go along with having an intact female cat that can have up to THREE (3) LITTERS PER YEAR! (whentospay.org).
There is a WIN-WIN solution! Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) programs have been proven to be effective in population control. Spaying and neutering improves the health of the cat population by reducing fights and eliminating endless cycles of breeding. It reduces the number of cats at local shelters particularly feral cats that may otherwise be euthanized. TNR programs save citizens money! By allowing cats to 'keep their jobs', cats will minimize rodent/wildlife populations and keep NEW cats out of the territory.
Take advantage of local TNR efforts!
Contact CHAS at 916-725-7387 to discuss options on what can be done about large cat populations in your area. On your own, you can:
- Apply for a spay/neuter voucher for feral or strays or your OWN cat by emailing River City Cat Rescue
- Apply for a voucher online at Sacramento Area Animal Coalition
- Read our Dealing with Problem Cats flyer to keep nuisance cats from your yard.
- Donate to the City of Citrus Heights Animal Services program to continue funding Trap-Neuter-Return efforts in Citrus Heights and prevent unwanted litters.
Our new 2017 PetSmart Charities grant will allow the City to continue fixing all Citrus Heights cats! Between September 2013 and February 2016, Citrus Heights Animal Services altered over 2350 cats through a prior grant from PetSmart Charities! Thank You, PetSmart Charities!