Welcome to the Feral and Abandoned Cat Society’s home on the web!
The Feral and Abandoned Cat Society (FAACS) is a registered charity, operated entirely by volunteers, whose primary focus is to promote the welfare of animals through a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program. This program is aimed at providing quality of life, and humanely halting the growth of the homeless cat population within the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM).
Identification of colonies, provision of professional veterinary services for spay or neuter, demonstrating compassion and support for homeless cats and their caretakers, monitoring of colonies and raising public awareness are guidelines for society members in our work of improving the lives of homeless cats.
The Feral and Abandoned Cat Society (FAACS) was first established on July 19, 2012 when it was officially registered as a Society with the Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stock Companies. This step was the result of input from various community stakeholders, including the Municipality and volunteers working independently to manage feral colonies throughout the region.
When our trapping operations first began in November 2012, FAACS had identified over 200 locations where feral, stray and abandoned cats were living, and conservatively estimated that there were between 5,000 and 10,000 homeless cats in the municipality. Since that time, information gathered from the public has helped FAACS to identify over 1,600 locations in the CBRM, and the homeless cat count is now estimated at a minimum of 20,000. Without intervention, these numbers will increase rapidly.
Our objective is to raise enough funds to spay or neuter 1,500 cats each year in order to stabilize growth and eventually reduce the homeless feline population.
These cats are from Louisbourg, NS. FAACS spayed/neutered their entire colony of 13 cats in October 2015. Photos by Deana Lloy.
Recognizing that a modern society values the life, safety, and well-being of companion animals, the Feral and Abandoned Cat Society endeavours to follow that philosophy for felines.
Through the implementation of a Trap-Neuter-Return program, accompanied with public education to try to reduce suffering, illness, and exploding populations, our society focuses on colonies in our regional municipality.
The Feral and Abandoned Cat Society believes in spaying or neutering as the most humane and cost effective approach to reducing animal suffering, critical overpopulation, and other problems associated with the homeless cat population in the CBRM. We support humane “no kill” cat policy and will work to educate the public on responsible pet ownership in order to deter abandonment of cats in the CBRM. FAACS is not a rescue organization and does not provide its own fostering, adoption or sheltering services. However we do encourage these activities through the local SPCA shelter.
- To utilize a coordinated approach to identify, document and monitor feral cat colonies in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM).
- To employ a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) system to help stabilize cat populations by humanely capturing feral and abandoned cats and providing veterinary sterilization.
- To encourage fostering and adoption in cooperation with the local SPCA branch, in order to try to find homes for homeless cats and kittens that are tame enough to be adopted.
- To support colony caretakers by gathering donations of cat food and shelter supplies in order to ensure that homeless cats have the basic necessities for survival.
- To provide public education through the media, school programs, and other outreach opportunities, on responsible pet ownership and preventing or solving behaviour problems leading to pet abandonment.
- To share ideas, experience, volunteers, and resources with other animal welfare groups, in order to work together to manage the feral and abandoned cat population in the CBRM.