Midwest Community Cat Alliance, Inc. is a 501(c)(3)¹ organization dedicated to helping community cats through TNR², vetting assistance, networking cats in animal control custody to rescues, working cat programs³, and establishing low cost spay/neuter programs through local and regional veterinarians.
This is a group of volunteer animal advocates who network the animals that find themselves in government-run animal controls in Farmington, Park Hills, Desloge, Fredericktown, Ironton, Bonne Terre, Ste. Genevieve and their respective counties in rural Missouri in order to save them from being euthanized. The group is neither employed, endorsed nor compensated by any of the animal controls and do not have the final authority on when or if an animal is euthanized though we do all we can to prevent it. MCCA is not a rescue and does not have the ability nor the authority to shelter or adopt out cats to the public. We are but a stepping stone to medical care, rescue groups and programs that stop the endless cycle of reproducing feral and stray cats and give them productive lives as pets or working animals.
The group networks via MCCA’s Advocats and Midwest Community Cat Alliance on Facebook, rescue websites, email, phone and personal contacts to place the animals with licensed rescue groups for first and foremost spay/neuter and vaccinations. The rescue groups will the take the next steps to do their networking and screening placing the cat up for adoption and find their forever home.
This is not a rescue nor a shelter. We are a few animal lovers that volunteer our time and in a lot of cases, money to help save animals. None of the cats or kittens shown on this page are owned by any of the members of Midwest Community Cat Alliance, nor are they part of a Midwest Community Cat Alliance foster program. We do not have any form of a foster program since we are not a shelter or a rescue – although we do look for and arrange fostering on behalf of the rescues that pull. Sometimes animal controls will also work with official pound fosters. We do not provide any services for owned cats. Our assistance to stray cats includes providing emergency vetting assistance when possible, with the cats going on to licensed rescue as soon as possible. MCCA depends solely on volunteers, fundraisers, and donations to get emergency and standard care for sick or injured cats, necessary immediate flea and deworming treatments and everything from paper towels to transport carriers.
² The Trap-Neuter-Return approach is the humane and effective approach for stray and feral cats. In practice for decades in the US after being proven in Europe, scientific studies show that Trap-Neuter-Return improves the lives of feral cats, improves their relationships with the people who live near them, and decreases the size of colonies over time.
Trap-Neuter-Return is successfully practiced in hundreds of communities and in every landscape and setting. It is exactly what it sounds like: Cats are humanely trapped and taken to a veterinarian to be neutered and vaccinated. After recovery, the cats are returned to their home—their colony—outdoors with a responsible care taker that makes sure they have some sort of shelter, food and water. Kittens and cats who are friendly and socialized to people may be adopted into homes.