Manager of Animal Care
The material provided in this section is compiled of information provided through the hard work and studies of the following organizations: The Brant County SPCA, the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), the HSUS (Humane Society of the United States), Maddie’s Fund and the Million Cat Challenge.
The following websites offer additional, useful information on cat behaviour issues.
- American Association of Feline Practitioners: catvets.com/cat-owners/brochures
- Indoor Pet Initiative: indoorpet.osu.edu/cats/resources
- Pam Johnson-Bennett: caatbehaviorassociates.com
- HSUS’s Cat Answer Tool: humanesociety.org/cat
- IAABC website (list of accredited cat behaviourists): iaabc.org
Common FAQs: Cat Behaviour
Here’s some resource material to help address common cat behaviours:
Congratulations on your new addition
Here’s some resource material to help transition your new pet into the home:
We thank you for choosing to adopt from the Brant County SPCA. We hope that your new addition will bring joy and happiness to your family as well as unconditional love. We ask that you be patient during this transition time. We are confident that with a little love and time, you will have a wonderful companion. Thank you for making a difference in the life of this beautiful animal you have chosen to take home.
Community Cat Program
The Brant County SPCA is proud to introduce our Community Cat Program. The goal of this program is to help assist the public with the stray, community and feral cat population.Through our various programs such as Barn Buddies, Return to Field (RTF), and Foster to Surrender we are dedicated to keeping these animals healthy, safe and re-homed whether this is a barn, a field or warm couch.
All feral and community cats that enter our Barn Buddies and RTF program will be spayed, neutered, microchipped, ear tipped and rabies vaccinated.
What is a community cat?
A community cat is any cat that lives outside and is not owned. The community cat population is made up of cats that are abandoned, feral, have no owners or choose to live outside. While some have feral traits, others can be very social.
What is a feral cat?
A feral cat is a cat who has either never had any contact with people or their contact with people has diminished over time. They are not socialized to people and survive on their own outdoors. Most feral cats are not likely to ever become lap cats or enjoy living indoors. Outdoor cats have existed alongside humans for 10,000 years. They are not a new phenomenon. Feral cats are members of the same species as pet cats—and are therefore protected under animal anti-cruelty laws. The difference between feral cats and your pet cat is that they have had little or no contact with people, and so they are wary of us, and cannot be adopted as indoor pets. They have a home—outdoors. They live and thrive in every landscape, from the inner city to rural farmland.
What is microchipping?
The microchip is an electronic and hypoallergenic device the size of a grain of rice painlessly inserted under the animal’s skin at the height of the shoulder blades on the back. This small chip contains a unique identification number linked to a database containing important information about the animal, including the owner’s contact details. In addition to the pet ID tag, the microchip is a safe way to find your pet quickly in case of loss, theft or if they run away, especially if he is brought to a shelter or a veterinary clinic where they can be scanned.
What is ear tipping?
We use the word “eartip” to describe when a small portion of the tip of a feral or community cat’s left ear is surgically removed during spay or neuter surgery, to denote that the cat has been spayed or neutered. Eartipping is done while the cat is under anesthesia and is not painful for the cat. Eartipping is the most effective way to identify neutered feral cats from a distance, to make sure they are not trapped or undergo surgery a second time.
The Brant County SPCA is seeking adopters who have a warm, safe, barn, shed, outdoor housing, warehouse, or greenhouse that can provide feral cats with a chance at life. These cats are neutered, spayed, microchipped and vaccinated and available for no adoption fee.
Barn Buddies are cats who are independent and self-sufficient. They typically prefer to live outdoors with a barn or shed to sleep in and a steady supply of food and water for the days that the hunting doesn’t go well.
Barn Buddies don’t require much space, but these skilled rodent technicians are pros at discouraging pesky little critters from taking up residence. Although this special group of felines are not suitable indoor companions, they would be a wonderful buddy to a chicken, cow or horse! For more information please contact us @ (519) 756-6620.
Foster to Surrender
This program was put into place in 2014 to help those individuals who find animals and wish to help them but have limited resources available. The Brant County SPCA currently has 14 cages in their cat intake room. This is far from sufficient in the months of April through December when the request for animal intake can range from 60 to over 300 animals in one month alone. With this in mind we set out to implement a program that would assist those who wish to help the community cats in the city of Brantford and County of Brant.
With the Foster to Surrender Program, when individuals bring in animals that are pregnant or nursing, too young or too sick to go up for adoption, the Brant County SPCA invites them to foster the animals they found until they’re ready for adoption. Through the Brant County SPCA Foster to Surrender program, community members who find an animal are given the opportunity to provide those animals with foster care until they are old enough to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped and made available for adoption at our facility or one of our adoption partners. The Brant County SPCA provides the veterinary care, medication, food, litter and other essential supplies foster care providers need to be successful.
The Foster to Surrender participants provide their homes, the individual care and attention the animals need to give them a healthy and happy start to life! It is also highly recommended that all other animals in the fosters home are up to date on vaccines and spayed or neutered to decrease the risk of illness and behavioural issues.
Often people ask how long they will be fostering for. This is variable. If the animal is sick/injured, we will have to wait until the veterinarian clears the animal for adoption (this could mean from 2 weeks to a few months depending on the illness/injury). Pregnant cats will deliver after 2 months, and kittens are not eligible for adoption until they are 10 weeks of ages or able to be spayed or neutered. During the Foster to Surrender process, all animals are property of the Brant County SPCA and all decisions in regards to their care must go through us. For that reason you will have access to our help and services 24 hours a day.
Return to Field
Our cat intake is by appointment only so that we can ensure we have proper caging and the resources available at the time the cat arrives at the shelter to ensure a positive outcome. However sometimes animals arrive unexpectedly putting a strain on resources. With that in mind the Return to Field program began.
If a cat comes into our care and it is healthy and thriving in the environment it was removed from, we will spay/neuter, vaccinate, microchip and eartip the cat and return it to the location in which it was living. These details are clearly communicated prior to the intake of any cat. Should the cat be a good candidate for our adoption program and space is available we will place the cat for adoption instead of using the RTF program.
Please note that all of our Community Cat Programs are appointment based. For more information on creating an appointment for any of these programs call the shelter at 519-756-6620.