Feral and Abandoned Cat Society


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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 helping to humanely halt the growth of the homeless cat population within the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM). Furthermore, it is helping to improve the quality of life for both the cats and our community.

The Feral and Abandoned Cat Society was first established on July 19, 2012, registering 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. On July 21, 2014, the Canada Revenue Agency officially granted registered charity status to FAACS.

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 2800 locations in the CBRM, with the homeless cat count estimated at 20,000. Without intervention, these numbers would have increased rapidly.
Working with the public to identify and monitor feral colonies and cats in need, demonstrating compassion and support for homeless cats and their caretakers, raising public awareness of the importance of spaying or neutering domestic animals, and fundraising to provide professional veterinary services to spay or neuter feral, stray and abandoned cats are vital activities carried out by FAACS.

These cats are from Louisbourg, NS. FAACS spayed/neutered their entire colony of 13 cats in October 2015. Photos by Deana Lloy.

Mission Statement

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.

Society Goals:

  1. To utilize a coordinated approach to identify, document and monitor feral cat colonies in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM).
  2. To employ a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) system to help stabilize cat populations by humanely capturing feral and abandoned cats and providing veterinary sterilization.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
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    TNR Count

    Total number of cats that have received veterinarian care through our
    Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program.

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