From our friends at Alley Cat Allies: Community cats are unowned cats who live outdoors in virtually every landscape on every continent where people live. Like pet cats, they belong to the domestic cat species (Felis catus). However, community cats, also called feral cats, are generally not socialized—or friendly—to people. They live full, healthy lives with their feline families (called colonies) in their outdoor homes. Trap/neuter/return is the only humane, effective approach to community cats, and it helps them and the communities where they live.

Ruff Start Rescue is able to provide trap/neuter/return resources for our local communities through community cat spay/neuter grants as well as our barn cat program. If you have or know cats that are able to partake in this program please email us at

Pet Project Rescue – Minneapolis, MN

  • Addressing the needs of community cats living on the streets of Minneapolis and its greater areas (Columbia Heights, Fridley, Robbinsdale) through spay/neuter services

MNSNAP (Spay Neuter Assistance Program)

  • Mobile clinics throughout state of Minnesota, primarily in greater metro area, offering spay/neuter clinics as well as trap/neuter/return resources

Animal Humane Society’s Community Cats program

  • Located throughout the greater Minneapolis area, at AHS shelter locations
  • Offering those interested the ability to live trap feral cats eligible for the trap-neuter-return (TNR) program, then sterilizing (spaying/neutering) them and vaccinating them for rabies before returning the cat to its trapping location

Here to the Rescue’s TNR Assistance Program

  • Located in Barron, WI
  • For those caring for a feral colony and needing assistance with trapping, neutering, and releasing

Farm, Feral, & Stray

  • Located in Centuria, WI
  • Focused on humanely managing free-roaming cat populations by implementing trap/neuter/release for the local area

Northland Spay/Neuter Clinic

  • Located in Duluth, MN
  • Offering spay/neuter and vaccination clinics as well as trap/neuter/return resources

Pet Fixers, run by Great River Rescue

  • Located in Bemidji, MN
  • Offering spay/neuter and vaccination resources

Minn-Kota PAAWS Spay/Neuter Clinic

  • Located in Fargo, ND and serving its surrounding communities
  • Offering spay/neuter and vaccinations clinics, trap/neuter/return (TNR) resources, as well as general assistance to keep pets with their people

Wisconsin Humane Society

  • Located in West Allis, WI
  • Offering spay/neuter and vaccination clinics as well as trap/neuter/return (TNR) resources

Purple Cat Mobile Veterinary Services

  • Located throughout Northwest Wisconsin
  • Offering spay/neuter clinics including vaccinations as well as trap/neuter/return (TNR) resources

For more resources regarding community cats their care, visit Best Friends Animal Society’s Community Cats resource center.

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