We are often asked, “Why feral cats can’t “just be captured” and adopted out as pets?” That is a very good question. But the answer is fairly simple. Feral cats are not adoptable! Although they are the same species as our household pet cats, they are adapted to living out doors. They are very wary of humans and are not socialized to people. In short, they cannot, and do not, get along with us humans. Stray cats, on the other hand, are cats who once were pet cats and somehow got separated from their homes. The cats can be returned to their humans, or if that is not possible, the can be “re-homed” into a new situation. SCRUFF’s mission is to work with the public to humanely reduce the population of feral and stray cats and to educate the public on ways to care for these “community” cats.