Thousands of feral cats live in colonies throughout St. Charles County, and this number continues to grow through regular breeding. Removing these cats is only a temporary solution, as more and more will move into the area and restart the process. The best long-term answer is to control the growth of the population by spaying and neutering.
Operation Sterile Feral
Operation Sterile Feral is a joint partnership between the Pet Adoption Center, Metro Animal Resource Service Incorporated, All Paws Rescue, and dedicated volunteers that provides low-cost spay and neuter services for feral and barn cats.
For a $20 fee, each cat is vaccinated for rabies, treated for parasites and altered so that they cannot continue breeding. After the process, the cat is returned to its original environment, where a caretaker agrees to take responsibility for the animal’s welfare.
Operation Sterile Feral events are held monthly (on a by-appointment only basis) at the Pet Adoption Center, across from the St. Charles Community College.
For more information on the Operation Sterile Feral program or to make an appointment to participate, please call 314-995-9266. Please leave a message if there is no answer, and your call will be returned soon (although it may take several days).
Adopting Barn Cats
The Division of Humane Services operates a program that seeks to place cats removed from unwanted territories into warehouses, barns, plant nurseries, breweries and other areas where they can serve as vermin control. If you operate one of these facilities, are interested in obtaining one or more of these animals and are willing to commit to their well-being, please call us at 636-949-7387.