Frequently Asked Questions & Resources
What is Community Cat? Are you affiliated with my local humane society?
Community Cat is a 501(c)3 registered nonprofit cat rescue organization. We focus on cats who are at high risk of euthanasia
elsewhere and are considered less adoptable: seniors, disabled, hospice, and special needs. We are not affiliated with any humane
societies or animal control facilities and do not receive any tax dollars. We operate solely on donations and kind-hearted volunteers.
Where is Community Cat located? Do you have a facility we can visit?
As a rescue, Community Cat focuses on serving the south-central Wisconsin area. We do not have a facility that is open to the public, like your local humane society or animal control. All of our cats are kept in private foster homes across southern Wisconsin, from
Whitewater to Milwaukee to Madison. If there is a particular cat or kitten you'd like to meet, please fill out an adoption application and
we will help coordinate your visit with the correct foster home.
Where are all your cats housed?
All of our cats live in foster homes, we have no central facility like a typical humane society or animal control. This means that our
rescues live in a home with a family, just like any other pet. It is less stressful for the cats and we gain a better understanding of their
personalities, preferences, medical needs, etc.
Where do your rescue cats come from?
Most of our cats available for adoption are transferred from other animal rescue organizations, where they were at high risk of
euthanasia due to their age, medical conditions, special needs, etc. We focus on cats with the highest risk to their lives, therefore
we do not accept cats surrendered from individual owners.
What vaccines/medical care do your cats receive prior to adoption?
All cats and kittens receive age-appropriate vaccines (As an example, sometimes our kittens are under the minimum weight
requirement for rabies vaccines. The adopter would be responsible for ensuring the kitten received a rabies vaccine once the minimum
weight is met. However, the kitten would have received appropriate distemper vaccines.) All cats are also spayed or neutered. Any cat
requiring additional medical care receives the best care possible. We have had rescues with amputations, enucleations, hospitalization,
feeding tubes, dental surgeries, etc.
Our rescues do not receive FIV/FeLV testing unless specifically requested by adopters. Why?
Generous donations from our supporters allow us to care for cats who need a little more TLC before we consider them adoptable.
Interested in donating? Please see our Donations page for ways to help!
I want to surrender my cat, do you take owner surrenders?
Community Cat does not accept owner surrenders*. Our focus is transferring less-adoptable cats from humane societies or animal
control facilities who are at a high risk of euthanasia.
*If you have adopted from Community Cat and are considering surrendering your cat, please contact us. We always accept surrenders
of Community Cat alumni, but are also interested in helping you with any issues you are currently experiencing. Please note that our
adoption contracts require owners to surrender back to Community Cat, you may not surrender the cat to any other animal rescue or
privately rehome the cat.
I found a lost cat, what do I do?
Please contact your local humane society or animal control facility. They are best equipped to help you find the owner. We also suggest
checking your local Craigslist ads, Lost Cats of Wisconsin, and veterinary offices.
There is a colony of feral cats on my property/my barn cat population is out of control! What can I do?
Trap-Neuter-Return, or TNR, is a good option for you. This technique has been used for many years, across the United States, with
great success. You can find more information here. Community Cat offers assistance with TNR efforts on a limited basis (as we are
I can't afford veterinary treatment for my cat. Are there any resources to help me?
Your best resource is to call local veterinary offices and inquire about payment plans. You may also ask if they accept Carecredit or a s
similar specialty credit card. (This is not an endorsement of CareCredit, please fully research any and all offers before you enroll.) The
Humane Society of the United States also compiles a list of organizations which assist with veterinary bills, here.
If you are in need of assistance with everyday supplies, such as food or litter, local food pantries and occasionally humane societies
may be able to help. We suggest contacting them directly.
Where can I find low cost spay/neuter or veterinary care for cats?
In the southwestern Wisconsin area, Community Cat recommends these facilities:
Precision Veterinary - Madison
Underdog Pet Rescue of Wisconsin - Madison
Wisconsin Humane Society- Milwaukee
Humane Animal Welfare Society- Waukesha
Please contact them directly with any questions you may have.
My cat/I am interested in adopting a cat with FIV/FeLV. What does that mean? Can they live with other cats?
FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) and FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus) are viruses which affect the immune system of cats. In peaceful
cohabiting households, Community Cat recommends housing FIV positive cats with other felines, even FIV negative. (We even
participated in a study regarding this!) FeLV positive cats we recommend be housed separately or only with other FeLV positive felines.
For more information, please peruse these articles published by the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine: Feline