FAQ & Resources

Pet Behavior
Whatever “issues” you and your cat or dog may have, we have information that can help you address them. Our tip sheets are designed to empower pet caregivers to solve the problems that threaten their relationships with their companion animals. Solving your dog’s or cat’s behavior problems may take a renewed commitment on your part, but it can be done, and it’s worth it. Most dogs and cats are relinquished to animal shelters—or otherwise given up—because of common behavior problems their families didn’t know how to solve.

Don’t let challenges threaten the bonds you have with your animal companions. With some effort and patience, and the advice from these pet behavior resources, you can address problem behaviors and keep your dog or cat where he or she belongs—with you.

DMCASF & Community Cats
The Decatur & Macon County Animal Shelter Foundation has instituted a Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) program for community cats in Macon County.

The Humane Society of America estimates there are 50 million community cats in the United States. Community cats can be feral or abandoned pet cats.  Unfortunately, as these cats are generally not considered adoptable, they are euthanized when trapped and brought to county shelters. Even no-kill shelters can’t place feral cats in homes. Feral and stray cats live and thrive in every landscape, from inner city to rural farmland.

TNR benefits both the cats and the community. Cats are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and eartipped (the universal symbol of a neutered and vaccinated cat), and then returned to their outdoor home. The colony’s population stabilizes and the behaviors and stresses associated with mating stop. TNR is a humane, effective approach for feral cats.

If there are cats in your area that you believe need to be spayed or neutered, if you need assistance with feral cats, or if you would like to adopt barn cats, please call us at 217-423-PETS (7387), or email us at info@dmcasf.org.