Return to Home for Community Cats is an innovative, life-saving program that reduces the death rate of healthy community cats trapped and brought into shelters. Healthy community cats are spay/neutered, vaccinated, given medical care and microchipped then returned to their homes in the community. The neighborhood is educated about the effectiveness of this type of program which helps reduce shelter intake and helps communities live peacefully with cats.
Stray Cat Alliance’s successful pilot program in Long Beach, carried out in conjunction with Long Beach Animal Care Services (LBACS), has reduced the kill-rate in the city shelter and resulted in positive outcomes for community cats. Our work in Long Beach increased the live outcomes for cats from around 30% in 2014 to 91% in 2020, creating better outcomes for thousands of cats and kittens. In 2020, our RTH program in Long Beach helped the Long Beach Animal Care Services hit no-kill status for the first time!
In 2024, Stray Cat Alliance is implementing this program with Los Angeles Animal Services, ensuring that healthy community cats do not languish in city shelters and instead return to their community caregivers.