In keeping with Provincial regulations, as of September 22, the City of London will require people to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their vaccination status to access certain City recreation programs, services and facilities.
The City of London manages two programs aimed at controlling the growing cat population in our city:
Feral cats, or community cats, are the wild offspring of domestic cats that are primarily the result of pet owners’ abandonment, failure to confine or failure to spay or neuter their animals allowing them to breed uncontrolled. Feral cat colonies can be found in either rural or urban type areas. Feral cats are prolific breeders, they are elusive and do not trust humans. One female cat can have up to three litters per year, with up to five kittens per litter which in turn can start breeding in six months.
Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the humane and effective approach for managing feral cats. TNR has been practiced all over the world for decades and is grounded in science. Since feral cats are not adoptable and do not want to live inside, returning them to where they were trapped is the best way to improve their lives, improve their relationships with the people who live near them, and decrease the size of colonies over time.
A community-based Trap Neuter Return (TNR) program has been developed to assist neighbourhoods within the geographic boundaries of the City of London cope with the increasing number of feral or community cats.
This program is only for unowned cats that are living outdoors and who will be returned outside where they were trapped. Each cat will receive no charge spay/neuter surgery, vaccines, parasite treatment, microchip, long-acting pain medication, and an ear-tip.
Currently we are running the TNR drop-off program during the week (Monday to Friday) for residents to bring in feral cats found within the City of London.
A maximum of 2 cats per day (per trapping location) can be dropped off in carriers or traps at the London Animal Shelter Services (3-1021 Wonderland Road South) between 9 and 10 a.m. and are picked up the same day between 3 and 3:15 p.m.
For larger colonies, we can work with caretakers or trappers to arrange TNR spay/neuter appointments. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Humane live-traps for the purpose of trapping feral cats are available to rent for 2 weeks for a refundable deposit of $80.
This can be arranged through email@example.com or by calling 519-661-2489 x 7368.
For more information about feral cat programs email
Feral cats are not solitary in nature. They usually live as a group. Within this group there may be three to four generations of the same family. The size of the colony is dependant on the amount of the food source available to sustain the colony.
Feral cats live in both the city and in rural areas. Colonies are found anywhere there is a source of food, water and shelter be it in a dumpster, in an alley or under a porch
Feral kittens can make good house cats if removed from the colony early enough and socialized with humans. Older feral cats can sometimes adapt but they generally resist domestication and are reluctant to trust humans.
Stray cats were once pets. They are tame, friendly and will allow you to get close and pet them. Stray cats can be rescued and adopted to a home. They are sometimes vocal.
Feral cats were never tamed or socialized. They avoid humans and usually run away. Feral cats are very untrusting - so much so, they will wait to go to food if humans are in sight.
Feral cat colonies are a result of human neglect and therefore, the care of the feral cat population should be managed in a humane way.
Trapping and euthanizing feral cats has been used for decades by municipalities across North America. This method has been shown to be ineffective, as the food source usually remains (dumpsters, rodents, etc.) and any remaining cats in the area will quickly repopulate or other colonies will move in and breed to capacity.
Yes. The Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) of feral cats and managing colonies is an emerging program that is growing in popularity mainly throughout the United States, Europe and is now gaining momentum in Canada.
Feral cats are a growing concern in the city because of their ability to reproduce and if this is not dealt with, the situation in London will not improve and it will become worse as the city grows. There are no estimates on the number of feral or stray cats in London. Limited information is available from other jurisdictions. Based on the reproductive cycle of a cat, the number could be quite significant.
Spaying or neutering pet cats and dogs stops breeding and offers numerous health benefits; prevents or reduces spraying or urine marking, reduces urine odor, reduces fighting and roaming, and prevents diseases such as mammary tumors and uterine infections. Our incentive program is intended to ease the financial burden some London households face when considering veterinary services.
To determine your eligibility and apply for the Subsidized Spay/Neuter Program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To be eligible, the dog/cat must be licensed in the City of London. If the pet is not already licensed, one can be purchased the morning of surgery.
A person or family unit living within the geographic boundaries of London who is:
Fees and Charges 2020 – London Animal Shelter Services
|Treatment||Species & Product||Cost|
|Exam||Cat/Dog Brief Veterinary exam with S/N||$10|
Routine vaccines with S/N
|Parasiticides||De-wormer with S/N - Cat||$10|
|Parasiticides||De-wormer with S/N - Dog (parasiticides include flea treatment)||$20|
|Parasiticides||Flea Treatment: One time with S/N - Cat||$5|
|Parasiticides||Flea Treatment: One time with S/N - Dog||$10|
|Parasiticides||Flea: Take home 2 additional applications - Cat||$10|
|Parasiticides||Flea: Take home 2 additional applications - Dog||$20|
|Parasiticides||Flea: Take home 7 additional applications Cat||$20|
The fee structure above will be implemented at London Animal Shelter Services to recover the costs of veterinary supplies and medicines, with only a slight above-cost rate to off-set any supplier increases that are projected to take place in January of 2020. This is in conjunction with the City of London Subsidized Spay/Neuter Program and is to off-set medical inventory costs. Additionally London Animal Services works closely with City of London Approved Fostering Organizations who are self-funded rescue groups with the goal of finding TNR kittens, strayed cats/dogs a home through adoption programs. London Animal Shelter Service can, for a very nominal cost, assist with medical care to ensure these homeless pets are ready for adoption. This service is only offered to City of London Approved Fostering Organizations, and only when all municipal shelter animals are first cared for and prepared for adoption. This is in conjunction with the City of London Trap S/N Release Program and Approved Fostering Organization agreement and is to off-set medical inventory costs.
Address: 1021 Wonderland Rd. South, Unit 3 (north of Southdale Rd.)
Hours of Operation (by appointment only):
Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Phone: 519-661-CITY (2489), ext. 7368