You can be a Colony Caretaker:
A colony caretaker is an individual (or group of individuals) who manages one or more feral colonies in a community. The caretaker keeps an eye on the cats, providing food, water, shelter, spaying/neutering and
Alley Cat Allies, founded in 1990, offers a wealth of information on TNR, feral cat care and advocacy. Here are some key pointers on becoming a colony caretaker:
Offer your help to established colony caretakers. Ongoing needs include feeding, trapping, transportation to and from the veterinarian,
Contact local shelters or welfare groups to see if a TNR workshop is available in your area.
Start with the cats in your own backyard—educate yourself about TNR and learn to trap cats and have them spayed or neutered
But before you take on this Labor of Love, it's a good idea to take a Feral trapping class. Educate yourself about the pro's and con's of helping these little guys.
Good choices for education are :
Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society At :
Our Companions Domestic Animal Sanctuary At :
This is just a few local places. there are many more if you do some research.
Google " helping feral cats "
If you decide to start trapping on your own, make sure you do a few things first.
You need to know local laws about Trapping.
A good idea is to mark your trap with your contact information so someone see's your trap knows what your doing.
If you catch a wild animal, you must release him on the spot you trapped him.
NEVER NEVER leave a trap set that you are not watching, it's ok to leave but you need to return quickly.
A Feral could hurt themselves in the Trap, thats why we cover them.
Watching the trap will help you catch the Females.
Males always seem to check things out first, they are easy to trap.
Females are more shy, they let the Males make sure it's safe first.
Please, there is much information on-line about this.
It is important to trap feral kittens and, whenever possible, foster and socialize them until they are old enough to be adopted out. “Once born, they struggle to survive,” Christian says. “Their mortality rate is very high because of all the challenges of life outside on the streets."
The Urban Cat Leagueis a great resource for information on socializing feral kittens, if you have the time and energy to dedicate to the task. Here are some tips to help you along: