Based on the belief that all life should be valued and treated with dignity and respect, the Roadrunner Cat Coalition is committed to providing care and humane management of the feral and stray cats on the UTSA campus.
We provide a viable alternative to euthanasia, through spay/neuter, vaccination, release and feeding of unsocialized cats, and adoption of tame cats and kittens.
We endeavor to promote campus and community awareness regarding the responsible care and treatment of animals.
We support the City of San Antonio No-Kill Initiative.
Who are we?
We are a registered faculty/staff organization at UTSA that was formed to care for the feral and stray cats that live on the UTSA campus. A group of volunteers had been informally caring for the campus cats for several years, but we formally registered as a faculty-staff organization in 2006 in order to expand the care we could provide. We are a totally volunteer group comprised of faculty and staff members. We do not receive any university funding – food, supplies and veterinary expenses are paid for by our volunteers themselves or through donations to the Roadrunner Cat Coalition.
What we do – our program:
- We provide daily feeding, monitoring and care of campus cats utilizing the TNR approach
- Sick or injured resident cats are humanely trapped and taken for veterinary care
- New cats or kittens are humanely trapped and taken for veterinary care including checkups, vaccinations, and spay/neuter
- Unsocialized cats are also ear-tipped for identification and are released back to their campus territory where they are fed and monitored daily
- Friendly strays and kittens are fostered by a coalition volunteer and placed for adoption
- No cats are euthanized except as warranted by a veterinarian to relieve suffering
- The Roadrunner Cat Coalition is not a shelter or a rescue organization and does not take in cats
- We work closely with the UTSA Office of Facilities Work Control Team and Grounds Team to respond to issues relating to the cats on campus
What is the TNR approach?
TNR (Trap, Neuter, and Release) is a comprehensive program to humanely reduce feral and stray cat populations. The cats are safely trapped, neutered, ear-tipped, and vaccinated by veterinarians and then returned to their home territory after recovery where they are maintained by colony caregivers. Studies have shown that TNR is the single most successful method of stabilizing and maintaining healthy feral cat colonies with the least possible costs to residents, organizations and local governments, while providing the best life for the animals themselves.
The ASPCA (https://www.aspcapro.org/resource/spayneuter-feral-cats/how-talk-tnr), the Humane Society of the United States (http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/feral_cats/qa/feral_cat_FAQs.html), and Alley Cat Allies (https://www.alleycat.org/our-work/trap-neuter-return/ ) support TNR. The City of San Antonio No-Kill Initiative supports TNR.