About What We Do

Many municipalities across the country have tried to solve the problem of feral cat colonies by simply capturing and killing them. However, with an estimated 70 million feral cats living in the US and an ability to quickly reproduce, euthanization has just not been feasible. Further, the public is becoming more inclined toward animal rights and less tolerant of senseless killing. Trap-neuter-(vaccinate)-release is effective and humane.

Toni Smith and Michael Jones started the Erie Trap & Release 501(c)3 non-profit in mid-2013 with the following goals:

  • saving the lives of feral cats and kittens.
  • spaying/neutering feral cats and kittens in order to reduce overpopulation.
  • vaccinate every feral cat and kitten that is trapped.
  • ear-tip every adult feral cat to signify that it has been sterilized.
  • provide wound care to any feral cat or kitten that requires it.
  • return the feral adult to its colony, providing its colony has a caretaker.
  • re-locate the feral adult to a new home, providing the new home has a caretaker.
  • provide emergency care to abandoned kittens.
  • rehabilitate kittens and young feral cats and find them forever homes.


In 2013,  only 18 cats were spayed/neutered/vaccinated.  However, that number increased to 69 in 2014, and then jumped to 182 in 2015. With your help,  we hope to save over 300 hundred cats and kittens this year!

If you think you can help us help the cats, please visit our Donate Page.  Every little bit helps, and everything goes to the animals.

We appreciate anything and everything.  You have our sincerest thanks!