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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 and       

     tested for FIV/FeLV. Any cat requiring additional medical care receives the best care possible. We have had rescues with amputations,       enucleations, diabetes, hospitalization, feeding tubes, dental surgeries, etc. 


     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

     Immunodeficiency Virus,  Feline Leukemia Virus

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