Feral Cat Program

Lollypop Farm is proud to now offer assistance to our community members committed to helping feral and un-owned cats.

A feral cat is the ancestor or offspring of a domestic or pet cat. It lives permanently outside, is un-owned, and typically avoids human contact. This differs from a stray cat, which is a pet cat that has been lost or abandoned but seeks companionship. The Feral Cat Program is available to individuals and organizations in our community who wish to address the mass overpopulation problem while also appreciating the life of a feral cat and their innate ability to survive.
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Lollypop Farm has a goal that all cats in our community will have homes. One step in achieving this goal is working on behalf of the feral and un-owned cats. Lollypop Farm is assisting in the control of feral cat populations by endorsing the trapping of feral cats, and whenever possible, the use of Trap- Neuter- Release (TNR) Programs as our best option for aiding this population.

A TNR program involves humanely trapping a cat, spaying or neutering it, and returning the cat back to its home turf. Cats are trapped by the property-owners themselves, not by Lollypop Farm. Feral cats often live in colonies. Lollypop Farm will return a cat to a site that has a “colony caretaker,” or someone who is responsible for providing food, water, and basic shelter. Ongoing medical care is difficult to provide for feral cats, but we do expect caretakers to take appropriate steps if a cat is observed with a serious injury (such as a broken leg) or other severe medical condition.

For those interested in becoming a colony caretaker and helping out feral and un-owned cats, the clinic at Lollypop Farm is offering spay/neuter services. Through the Feral Cat Program, cats seen by the Lollypop Farm Clinic are spayed or neutered, given a rabies and distemper vaccine, and are ear-tipped to indicate that they have been surgically altered. The fee for these services is $40. You can also have the cat(s) tested for Feline Leukemia and given a de-worm and de-flea control for additional costs.

Please note that surgeries are done by appointment only. To make an appointment please call 585-223-1330 ext.190 or via email.

For more information in regards to our program please download our Feral Cat Program document and our Surgical Consent Form.

NOTE: All cats MUST arrive in a humane trap on the day of their surgery. If you do not have a humane trap, Lollypop Farm does have a limited supply available for rent through our Admissions Department, or try your local lawn and garden center. Through Lollypop Farm, the trap rental is $5 for a two week rental period. You will be charged the full price of a trap ($60 dollars) if they are not returned at the end of the two weeks. Please note Lollypop does not send staff or volunteers to trap cats on your property.