Feral cats are essentially wild cats. They are often born on the streets and have had little to no previous contact with humans. Ft. Lauderdale has a large feral cat population so it's is extremely important for the community to recognize this issue to help prevent the number of cats born in the wild. Spaying and Neutering ferals helps control and minimize the growing population. There are feral Spay and Neuter programs that offer low cost services, like the Feral Program at DPC Veterinary Hospital. DPC encourages the community to trap ferals using humane live traps. They are then spayed or neutered, and ear notched. Ear notching is done so ferals can be identified from a distance as previously trapped and fixed. It is important to understand that these feral felines will never become domesticated pets, and fixing them is an important step in controlling the ever-growing wild cat population. In addition to Spaying and Neutering, they will also receive a rabies vaccine. It is mandatory by law to administer a rabies vaccine to any animal over four months old.