Feral cats are not abandoned pet cats. Feral cats are the offspring of lost or abandoned pet cats or other feral cats; they don’t typically want to interact with people. Feral cats do not belong in shelters. It’s traumatizing for them and often dangerous for staff.
Feral cats are trapped, spayed/neutered, then returned to the area they came from to resume their outdoor lives with a human caretaker providing food and shelter. If you see feral cats or are involved with caring for a feral colony, WARL can give you the names of local sources such as Spay Worcester Hotline at 508-304-9062 or check out TNR online.