The Humane Society of the New Braunfels Area is thrilled to announce the opening of The Goodwin Center for Community Cats! This is a unique and collaborative effort between HSNBA and the New Braunfels Community Cat Coalition and made possible by the Comal County Veterinary Medical Association and the City of New Braunfels! It is our goal to reduce the euthanasia of feral cats in our community by providing a more humane and effective method to control the feral cat community in our area.
If you have unsterilized feral cats you are caring for, we do feral cat clinics each week. We are able to offer this service due to generous donations from the public, and you can donate to the NBCCC here. All feral cats must arrive in a trap (traps can be rented at the Humane Society for a cash or check deposit of $50, which will be returned to you when the trap is returned). Feral cats can be dropped off any time the shelter is open. Check in at the front desk of the Humane Society. To expedite the check in process, please complete the Cat Intake Form prior to your arrival.
You can also complete the form online HERE. To help with our planning efforts, also please reserve slots HERE to let us know what week you are planning on bringing in cats and how many we should expect. This prevents us from getting over booked.
Feral cats will be sterilized, vaccinated against rabies, given an FVRCP (basic wellness vaccine) and ear tipped. A volunteer will call you when your cat(s) are ready to be picked up. Cats who are friendly and handleable or under 3 pounds, will be transferred to the Humane Society of the New Braunfels Area to be processed for adoption. If you have friendly, handleable strays or kittens that you wish to have fixed, please visit our resource page. The Goodwin Center for Community Cats is only for unhandleable, unsocial adolescent and adult feral cats.
Feral is a behavior – these cats are poorly socialized with humans and prefer not to be touched and handled, although they may become more friendly over time with consistent, compassionate care from a dedicated caretaker. During the previous decades, when these cats were trapped and brought to the Humane Society of the New Braunfels Area by Animal Control or private citizens, there was no option for them but euthanasia. This method of “catch and kill” has been practiced for countless years resulting in the euthanasia of thousands of cats.
Despite this, our community is still overrun with homeless and feral “community” cats who have no identifiable owner but may have one or more caretakers feeding and caring for them. “Catch and Kill” simply does not work to reduce the population of feral cats in a community, as the rising numbers of ferals in New Braunfels and the surrounding area has proven.
By removing feral cats from a particular area, it actually creates a vacuum effect, encouraging more cats to enter the area and reproduce at a higher rate. By trapping, neutering, vaccinating and returning the cat(s) to where they came from, their territorial nature prevents other cats from entering the area.
Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) HAS proven to be an effective and humane method of controlling the population of feral cats in a community and now New Braunfels is ready to join the legions of cat lovers who simply will no longer stand for the senseless killing of these valuable feline members of our community.