FERAL CATS

New Braunfels Community Cat Coalition
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New Braunfels Community Cat Coalition LogoThe 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.

Working Cats

HSNBA and NBCCC offer adoptions of feral cats who cannot be returned to their former location because it is unsafe. Therefore, our solution has been to adopt them out as “working cats”. These cats are perfect for hunting mice, spiders, snakes, and rats in locations such as:

  • Barns
  • Breweries
  • Wineries
  • Warehouses

You can give these feral cats a second chance at life.

Fill out the online working cat application here.

What Is Feral?

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. A feral cat is very shy and aloof, and they usually do not let humans get very close before running away.

Ear Tipped Cat Lying in Grass

How Were Feral Cats Previously Treated in New Braunfels?

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 was 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 “Catch and Kill” to be ineffective.

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.

Enter NBCCC & TNR

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.

WHAT DOES NBCCC DO?