Atlanta Community Cats

PAWS AND WHISKERS (PAW)! is a volunteer rescue organization started in 2011 with the purpose of helping abandoned and feral cats and their caregivers in Metro Atlanta as well as an occassional needy dog. Our vision is a home or sanctuary for every pet and an end to the yearly killing of millions of unwanted cats in shelters and pounds.We are proponents of trap/neuter/return (TNR), a humane method of population control. Under our care and guidance feral cats are trapped, given vet care, rabies shots, neutered, the kittens and unferal cats rehomed and the truly feral cats returned and watched over by well organized caregivers. We are a 100% volunteer organization motivated by kindness and compassion.

  • We seek to reduce the feral cat population by conducting spay-neuter initiatives and by finding homes for adoptable kittens born outdoors and for newly abandoned pets who find their way to an Atlanta Community Cat Colony.
  • We are caretakers and guardians of feral cat colonies in and around Midtown Atlanta and act as an outreach group to cat/human communities in the Greater Atlanta Metropolitan Area.
  • Atlanta Community Cats is working to get a 501(c)3 program funded, to help both cats and their caretakers. All Colony Caretakers & Guardians are cat-lovers contributing to the community they live in with the rewards being good feelings from caring for the cats and the pleasure in becoming friends with other cat lovers. Caretakers pay out of their own pockets for the food they use, trapping equipment, spay & neuter fees, medical expenses and shelter materials and space. A support program can both give the cats quality care and ease volunteer's financial burden.
  • At present, our activities include the following:
  1. Free Maintenance of Atlanta Community Cats colonies: We conduct ongoing TNR at our colonies and have our own traps for that purpose. Most of our cats' spay-neuter surgeries and vaccinations are performed by LifeLine, Decatur.
  2. Free Fieldwork: We actively assist others in TNR projects and have a collection of specialized traps for different situations. We are available for residents new to trapping and for experienced trappers conducting a mass TNR drive.
  3. Free Seminars: We do Community Cats Education Seminars for residents who want a hands-on experience with the basics of managing TNR and caring for the feral felines in their neighborhoods.
  4. Free Consultation: Among our workforce, we have decades of experience in caring for feral cats, and we can be consulted about any problem in feral cat colony management. We will not remove feral cats from your property, but will provide support and tools to humanely manage the cats.
  5. Finally, we pursue a broader, informational goal through our website and outreach education of the public about kindness to animals in all habitates and reducing the abandonment of unwanted pets. We provide educational pamphlets and videos by Alley Cat Allies for the common goal of supporting compassion and care for the feral cat.
  • Atlanta BeltLine activities run close to several of our feeding stations. We are doing an ecological feasability study for cat santuaries along the Beltline which we call Atlanta Rail Trail Cats. We are in contact with people connected to the Beltline and look forward to the possibility of working with them to design and incorporate Cat Sanctuaries along the old rail trails.