Feral Cat: Brevard County Ordinance

Section Pertaining To Feral Animals & Feral Cat Colonies

Section 4 Sec. 14-64.

Sec. 14-64. Feral animals and feral cat colonies.

(a) The County may establish a fund or provide services to offset costs of trapping, neutering and vaccinating captured feral cats that can be returned to an appropriate, controlled, and registered colony site. Caregivers for such colonies, whether one or several animals, will be aided by the County in properly managing and caring for those colonies, to the extent that funding is available.

(b) Each feral cat colony will be registered by the caregivers with an agency designated by the County, which will serve as a clearinghouse for information on current caregvers, education for new caregivers, and assistance for persons found in violation of (c)(1) through (4) below.

(c) Any feral cat picked up by Animal Services and Enforcement which has an appropriate ear tipping or other distinguishing mark indicating it belongs to a registered feral cat colonly will be returned to that colony unless veterinary care is required or the criteria listed in 14-64 (d) applies. The designated agency will be notified in such instances.

(d) Any person or caregiver determinded to be in violation of subsections (1) through (4) below, shall be issued a written warning and be allowed a period of time to come into compliance, or provide satisfactory evidence of working to achieve compliance. That period of time shall not exceed ninety (90) days from issuance of the initial warning notice. Failure to comply shall result in a violation of this article, which may result in the issuance of a citation. Caregivers of feral cat colonies shall implement proper management and sterilization practices as follows:

(1) Register the feral cat colony with the agency designated in (b).

(2) Assure responsibility and arrangements for feeding the cat or cat colony regularly throughout the year, including weekends, holidays and vacations of the feral cat caregiver.

(3) Sterilize(neuter) all adults cats that can be captured.

(4) Vaccinate, as required by law, all cats that can be captured:

a. Against rabies, preferably with a three-year vaccine.

b. And any other infectious disease as mandated by law.

(5) Make every attempt to sterilize all kittens over eight (8) weeks of age and before sixteen (16) weeks of age.

(6) Make every attempt to remove kittens from the colony before eight (8) weeks of age for domestication and placement.

(7) Make every attempt to remove sick or injured cats from the colony for immediate veterinarian care or humane euthanasia.

(8) Ear crop all cats with a single cut preferably on the left ear, at least one (1) inch from the outside tip of the auricle. Providing either a tattoo on the inside of the right ear or an electronic implant will aid in animal identification.

(9) Maintain proof of sterilization, vaccination, tattoo or implant and medical records for all cats. These records must be provided to Animal Services and Enforcement upon request.

(e) Animal Services and Enforcement has the right to immediately seize and remove all, or parts, of any colony for the following reasons:

(1) Public health and public safety concerns including rabies, other epizootic and certain zoonoses identified by the County Public Health Unit; or

(2) Animals creating a public nuisance as defined in section 14-36. The designated agency will be notified within twenty-four (24) hours of removal of any feral cats.

(f) In the event the feral cat caregiver fails to comply with this section, the designated agency will be notified at least a day before removal of any animal. The designated agency will attempt to resolve the situation prior to removal by Animal Services and Enforcement.

For questions or further information
pertaining to the above document, contact

Phone: 321-617-7502 Fax: 321-690-6865
Animal Bites/Service Requests 633-2024
Dispatch Center, 8am-7pm, Mon-Sun 633-2024
Dispatch Center, 7pm-8am, Mon-Sun 633-1765


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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