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Ear tipping is the straight-line cutting of the tip of the left ear of a cat while it is anesthetized in order to identify the cat as a community cat.
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Any outdoor free-roaming cat that has been evaluated and sterilized by a licensed veterinarian, ear tipped, vaccinated for rabies, microchipped, documented with our DeKalb Humane Society and/or the City of Auburn, and released back into the area from which it was captured.
Free-roaming cats without acceptable identification that have been impounded or trapped in the community may be deemed a potential community cats based on age, health, and behavior. Once evaluated, such cats may receive services from our partners. Based on the availability of grant money or an individual's own finances, animal welfare partners may alter, vaccinate or ear tip for visual identification. The Community Cat provider will take community cats back into the community from where they were found. A cat identified as an existing community cat may be immediately returned to the community and exempted from the legal hold period.
A community cat provider is someone who provides food, water, shelter or otherwise cares for community cats and complies with the program guidelines.
A free-roaming cat is any cat not restrained and without acceptable identification.
The City of Auburn may impound community cats that are public nuisances, diseased or not thriving due to loss of resources. The DeKalb Humane Society and/or the City of Auburn shall coordinate with partnering animal welfare organizations and/or veterinarians to offer resource information for establishing opportunities for community cats, community cat providers and humane deterrents.
There isn't an application process, but you must comply with the program guidelines: