Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Cats

“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake.  Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our souls when we look the other way.”
                                                                                                              Martin Luther King Jr

The Philadelphia Community Cats Council (PCCC) is a 501(c)3 collaborative network  committed to solving Philadelphia’s stray and feral cat overpopulation crisis through spay/neuter, TNRM (trap-neuter-return-management), education and advocacy.

On a daily basis, volunteers and residents help hundreds of abandoned, stray and feral (unsocialized) cats on the streets of Philadelphia.  Through their compassionate work, these cats are altered, vaccinated and receive needed veterinary care.  Through spay/neuter and TNRM, we prevent the births of thousands of kittens who would otherwise be euthanized at shelters or die on the streets.

TNRM is a non-lethal, cost-effective, humane solution to controlling and decreasing the stray and feral cat population in our communities.  Cats are spayed or neutered and vaccinated.   Adoptable cats and kittens are rescued and removed for adoption and lost cats reunited with owners if possible.  Community cats are returned to their caretaker to live out their lives while providing expert rodent control. At the same time, residents are given information for low-cost spay/neuter for pets.

TNRM and spay/neuter of cats reduces the stops the senseless killing of cats in tax-payer funded shelters and eliminates unwanted behaviors such as yowling and spraying.  TNRM allows communities to create a healthier environment for both people and cats allowing them to enjoy the unique beauty and friendship of cats without the endless litters of new kittens each spring.


What We Do:

* hands-on TNR assistance and training
*rescue and adoption by a network of rescue groups and individuals
*expert advice to the general public and TNR caretakers
*feline educational information including TNRM workshops
*community outreach and education
*trap loans
*promote TNRM at local events
*work with city agencies, humane organizations and local rescues to resolve feral cat issues and develop feral cat initiatives and programs.

What We Do NOT Do:

Emergency Rescues:  Contact Animal Care and Control (ACCT)  by phone  (267) 385-3800;  24 hours daily, 7 days week;  email:

While you may contact a rescue organization for assistance, nearly all of us work full-time and are not always able to assist immediately.  If you see any animal in emergent or urgent need of rescue, please contact ACCT!!!  If you want to adopt or foster the cat after it has been rescued and treated by an ACCT veterinarian, please advise the Rescue Driver at the time of pick-up and get the pick-up report number from the driver, or advise ACCT shelter staff when you take the cat to the shelter.

Animal Cruelty Cases:  Contact PSPCA Cruelty Hotline 866-601-SPCA (7722).

Rehome Pet Cats:  You can contact no-kill cat rescues listed on this website and other rescues listed on Petfinder by zipcode.  Most rescues are filled to the brim with at-risk cats and are foster-home based but ask to be placed on the wait list.  Some rescues may provide a courtesy posting on their website and help place your pet if your pet is vetted and you can foster.

NEVER EVER list any animal as free to a good home on online sites like Craig’s list.

Great resources for rehoming your pet.

Alley Cat Allies How to find Homes for Stray Cats

Best Friends Finding a New Home for A Pet

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