Many BC communities have feral cat populations. VHS often gets calls from such communities asking for our help. And we say “Yes!”. The important thing is to get a handle on feral populations through spay and neuter, and through re-homing — which is challenging with adult feral cats who are too skittish to trust people and do not always transition into stable loving pets. (Though it’s not impossible.) Our process is to take the young feral kittens into care for placement in loving homes. With the wilder, skittish adult cats, we work with Barn Rats need Barn Cats — a small local rescue who place feral cats into “forever farm homes”. VHS transports the feral cats from the communities who need our help, we ensure they are spayed, neutered and micro chipped, and then Barn Rats need Barn Cats finds rural or farm-like placements where the cats help control rodent populations, and receive regular feedings and veterinary care from their new owners. It’s a win-win program and we are proud to be part of the effort to control these populations and ensure safe homes for the cats.