and What You Can Do To Help


What is a feral cat?

Feral cats are "wild" or untamed, either due to birth or reversion from domestication to a wild state. Feral cats are not interactive with humans (such as a stray would be), have no known owner, and should always be handled with caution.


Why does Brevard County have a feral cat problem?


Feral cat colonies are primarily the result of uncontrolled breeding that occurs when pet owners' abandon or fail to spay or neuter their animals.


Is there a feral cat ordinance in Brevard?


Yes. Section 14-64, Code of Ordinances of Brevard County, addresses the following feral cat issues: 1) unmanaged feral cats put the public at risk to rabies and other diseases and can be a nuisance; 2) community members who voluntarily alleviate suffering and neglect of feral cat colonies through humanitarian measures don't have sufficient personal resources to impact the entire problem; and, 3) a partnership of the County with feral cat colony caregivers is the best means of protecting public safety, health and welfare.


How does Brevard County's feral cat management program work?


The Animal Services and Enforcement Director administers the ordinance through oversight of services or funding provided by the County, and by aiding caregivers in the management of a registered colony. To the extent that County funding is available, it will be used to offset costs of trapping, neutering and vaccinating captured feral cats that will be returned to a registered feral cat colony.


How does a feral cat colony get registered?


A feral cat colony can be registered with the Feral Cat Network when a volunteer caregiver can assure that:

  1. Regular feeding will be maintained throughout the year;
  2. Adult cats and kittens over 8-weeks of age that can be captured will be neutered and vaccinated;
  3. Every attempt will be made to remove kittens from the colony before 8-weeks of age for domestication and placement;
  4. Sick or injured cats will be removed from the colony for immediate veterinarian care or humane euthanasia;
  5. Cats will be earmarked for recognition as members of a registered feral cat colony; and,
  6. Records of sterilization, vaccination, and animal identification can be provided to Animal Services and Enforcement upon request.


Be a responsible cat owner by keeping your pet indoors.


The life span of an indoor cat is 17 years and up compared to 2-5 years for a free-roaming pet, and 6 months-2 years for a non-monitored feral.


Have your pet neutered and vaccinated.


Take your cat to your favorite veterinarian or visit a low-cost clinic in your area (click here for a listing of low-cost clinics).


Recognize a registered feral cat colony.


Cats that are members of registered feral cat colonies will be marked by having the tip of the ear clipped. Colonies will be located in non-nuisance environments away from regular interaction with people and automobiles . Registered colonies are monitored and fed every day—with the goal of zero-population growth as the cats die out through natural attrition.


Report stray or feral cats to the Feral Cat Network by calling 633-2040.


Feral Cat Network members will determine if a cat is already part of a monitored colony. If not, they will assist with humane trapping. Stray cats are relocated to the local animal shelter, while feral cats are neutered, vaccinated, earmarked, treated for minor afflictions, and relocated to a registered feral cat colony (or, if sick or injured, feral cats are humanely euthanized).


Support the Feral Cat Program.


In cities throughout the United States, the trap-neuter-return (TNR) policy has been proven effective and considerably less expensive than euthanasia. You can be a part through financial contributions to the Feral Cat Trust Fund or by becoming a member of the Feral Cat Network. To find out more, call 633-2040 or continue your visit through the Feral Cat Network and Space Cat Club pages here at www.spacecats.com.

Contributions to the Feral Cat Trust Fund should be payable to Brevard County Feral Cat Fund and mailed to Animal Services and Enforcement, 1040 South Florida Avenue, Suite 118A, Rockledge, Florida 32955.

This information has been provided by
the Brevard County Parks & Recreation Department
and Brevard County Animal Control Services & Enforcement.
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NOTE: The Feral Cat Network site is under construction. The remainder of the navigation links and pages will be added soon!


The Feral Cat Network is a branch of Space Cats Club, a nonprofit organization dedicated to humanely caring for and controlling the feral cat population in Brevard County. Space Cats Club is a Florida not-for-profit corporation, operated solely by volunteers and funded entirely through donations. All contributions are tax deductible. Make check payable to Space Cats Club and mail to: Space Cats Club--PO Box 624, Cocoa, Florida 32923

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