Brandon FCAP (Feral Cat Assistance Program)

A Partnership of the Rutland County Humane Society & the Community of Brandon

The Brandon Feral Cat Assistance Program is a program initiated by the Rutland County Humane Society to humanely and effectively address the issue of feral (wild) cats in Brandon. FCAP is run almost entirely by volunteers and uses the Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) model to reduce the number of free-roaming felines in Brandon.
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Brandon FCAP – How It Works At A Glance:

An individual calls Brandon FCAP (Mei Mei Brown at 247.3971 or e-mail us) with information about a feral cat or colony in Brandon. FCAP volunteers identify who might already be feeding the colony (1 in 5 households report feeding one or more feral cats on their property) and enlist those individuals in the trapping, sterilizing, and ongoing care of the cats in the colony. FCAP provides all of the training and equipment needed and assists in the cost of spaying/neutering the cat. Any tame adult cats and young kittens who are trapped may be adopted into new families through the Rutland County Humane Society or FCAP.

Trap/Neuter/Return:

TNR is a proven procedure in which entire colonies of stray and feral cats are humanely trapped, then evaluated, vaccinated, and spayed/neutered by veterinarians. Some kittens and tame cats may be adopted into homes. Adult cats too wild to be adopted are returned to live out their lives under the watchful care and feeding of sympathetic neighborhood volunteers.

TNR works. The breeding stops. Cat populations are gradually reduced. Nuisance behaviors associated with breeding, such as the yowling of females or the spraying and fighting of toms, are virtually eliminated. Disease and malnutrition are greatly reduced. Ongoing care creates a safety net for the cats and the community. (See Alley Cat Allies’ brochure, “The Humane and Effective Solution”)

Donations:

The Brandon FCAP is a program of the Rutland County Humane Society and, as such, is eligible for tax-deductible donations as allowed by law for a 501c3 through the RCHS. Donations intended for the Brandon FCAP can be made out to the RCHS, with a note indicating the money is meant for FCAP. The RCHS has set aside a dedicated fund to collect and disburse this money to FCAP.

The number of feral cats that can be spayed/neutered and vaccinated for rabies is directly tied to the amount of money raised for FCAP. Please consider making a donation to the Brandon FCAP or joining FCAP as a fundraising volunteer!

Donations can be sent to:

Brandon FCAP, 2171 Arnold District Road, Brandon, VT 05733

Mission Statement:

Reduce the number of feral cats in Brandon through the implementation of a volunteer-run Trap/Neuter/Return program.

Feral Cats:

A feral cat is an unsocialized cat. Either he was born outside and never lived with a human family, or he is a house cat that has strayed from home, and over time, has thrown off the effects of domestication and reverted to a wild state. Feral cats avoid human contact.

Training:

Literally hundreds of thousands, possibly millions, of people are caring for feral cats in some manner or another right now in the United States, whether it is leaving out food on their back porch or paying for the veterinary care of the “neighborhood stray.” FCAP seeks to unite Brandon individuals and families who are already caring for ferals, and those who would like to help the ferals of Brandon, and provide them with the support they need to carry out TNR, while also creating an opportunity for caretakers to network and support each other.

Beyond the informal sharing of information amongst FCAP volunteers, FCAP provides training on humane trapping, colony management, and feral cat behavior. Training can take place through meetings, personal assistance, literature, videos, and the Internet.

Confidentiality:

Sadly there are people in Rutland County who wish to do harm to feral cats. For this reason the Brandon FCAP asks that all individuals who participate in the program, in any capacity, assure that the identity of the colony caretakers and the location of the feral colonies be kept confidential.

Safety:

The Brandon FCAP is designed so that no volunteer ever has to come into direct contact with a feral cat. However, the RCHS strongly recommends that all volunteers receive a tetanus shot and engage their family physician in a conversation about whether or not they should be inoculated against rabies.

In the event that an FCAP volunteer is bitten or scratched by a feral cat the following course of action is required:

1. Immediately and thoroughly flush and wash the wound with lots and lots of warm soapy water.
2. Seek medical attention immediately.
3. If the cat that bit is trapped or confined the volunteer shall call the RCHS’s Director of Operations or Executive Director to make arrangements for handling the cat.

Interesting fact about rabies courtesy of Alley Cat Allies: “Rabies in the U.S. is overwhelmingly a disease found in wildlife. From 1990-2002, only 36 people died from rabies in this country, and not one of them contracted the disease from a cat.”