Due to the professional standards required in the humane management of stray and un-owned cats, including those residing in colonies, strict conditions apply in the acceptance of membership to the Community Cat Coalition, and the entitlement to the benefits that go with that.
Application for membership must be in writing and include all the information requested in the application form. The form is available in both MS Word and PDF formats
On the receipt of applications these will be considered by the appointed committee of the coalition who will advise each applicant of the outcome of their application. All successful applicants will be required to attend an orientation meeting at which time membership will be formally approved with appropriate materials being provided to the new member.
Included in the orientation meeting will be training both in the care and management of cat colonies (PDF 145kb), together with cat trapping protocols (PDF - 300kb), and an understanding of the principles of TNR (trap/neuter/return) operation.
In brief TNR is the internationally accepted practice of trapping colony and stray cats and de-sexing them (to deter population growth), and returning them to where they were collected (with the approval of the land-owner or the community) and ensuring their ongoing feeding and welfare is maintained.
The techniques required in successful operation are included in the policy papers that will be provided at the orientation meeting. Click here for care and management of cat colonies and cat trapping protocols).