Joining 100 Feline Friends who care
In the spirit of the established format of groups of 100 people forming to make a difference in their community, 100 Feline Friends’ goal is to find 100 very important friends – local heroes to support our spay/neuter and foster/adoption programs. Feline Friends Network is a registered charity that exists to humanely reduce cat overpopulation and homelessness in Stratford and Perth County through spaying and neutering initiatives.
Since beginning in 2006, Feline Friends Network has ‘fixed’ over 2,500 felines. That many thousands of kitten births prevented in our community. But we can and must do much more.
Because FFN is a small, 100% volunteer-run organization with no paid staff, sustainability is a major challenge. Although we work with veterinary clinics to get reduced pricing on spay/neuter surgeries and medical care for cats and kittens, annual veterinary expenses are heavy. That’s why we’re looking for 100 friends committed to the welfare of felines.
100 friends that agree to donate $100 per year would raise $10,000 annually to support FFN’s programs and save lives.
Will you join us?
What we do
Cats are biological breeding machines. Their rate of reproduction is staggering, which means that, without prevention, the overpopulation problem gets worse, resulting in increased numbers of homeless cats and kittens that will end up in shelters, or suffer and die needlessly. A female cat can become pregnant at the age of four-months, and have an average of five kittens per litter, up to three litters per year. That’s 15 kittens per year. The numbers compound and spiral out of control when the cat’s offspring being having litters of their own.
Through our Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Program, feral cats are sterilized and return to their outdoor homes where they are fed by volunteer caregivers. They live out their lives without reproducing, and their numbers eventually decline. Increasingly when doing TNR, we come across friendly cats that are not feral, but are scared, abandoned pets. We place these ‘friendlies’ in foster homes (as space permits), and find permanent homes for them where they can be loved and have better lives.
We spread the word about the importance of ‘fixing’ cats and kittens. At the same time, we realize that the cost of spay/neuter surgery is out of reach for many lower-income pet owners. That’s why we offer assistance to low-income residents in Perth County – those who qualify get their cats spayed/neutered for FREE (up to 2 cats/kittens per household per year).
*Please note that Feline Friends Network’s Programs are available to residents of Perth County, Ontario only.
Trap | Neuter | Return (TNR)
is a program that humanely reduces the feral cat population and benefits both the cats and the community. Entire colonies of stray and feral cats are humanely trapped. Those cats too unsocialized to be adopted are neutered and vaccinated against disease by veterinarians, and then returned to their outdoor homes to live out their lives under the watchful eye of volunteer caregivers. In this way breeding and its accompanying nuisance behaviours such as spraying, yowling and fighting stop, and the population of each colony reduces over time.ostrud
Foster / Adoption
Through our TNR program, Feline Friends Network comes across homeless cats that are adoptable (i.e. not feral). As space allows, foster volunteers care for these cats and kittens until we are able to find loving, forever homes for them.
Feline Friends spreads the word about the importance of spaying / neutering cats and kittens and other aspects of feline health and well-being.
Low Income Spay / Neuter Assistance
For many people who are finding it difficult to make ends meet, having their pet ‘fixed’ is not financially possible. We partner with a number of veterinary clinics to provide FREE spay / neuter surgery for Perth County residents in financial difficulty. A maximum of 2 cats may be spayed / neutered per qualifying household per year.
What Drives Us
Based in Stratford, Ontario, Feline Friends Network began in 2006 to humanely end the problems of cat overpopulation and homelessness in our area.
We hope to see a day when every cat may be deemed to be of value, with the opportunity to live a full and natural life. Our vision for the future? Each life respected… and protected.
We recognize that cat overpopulation and homelessness cannot be solved by adoption alone – there are simply too many cats, and not enough good homes. Therefore, our emphasis centres on spay/neuter and education programs.
FFN is a 100% volunteer-run, incorporated non-profit organization, and a registered charity.
Volunteer in Trap-Neuter-Return, foster cats & kittens, care for feral cats, organize a fundraiser, become a 100 Feline Friends member or donate any amount you can, as well as cat / kitten food, items for our online auctions or pet supplies.
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