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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Veterinary Services

Mission:

Fairchild Foundation is an all volunteer, non-profit grassroots Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) organization that helps spay and neuter stray and feral cats in Berks County and surrounding areas in PA thus reducing the unwanted cat population by millions.  Fairchild was the first formal organization in Berks County of its kind, and it established a valuable resource where none had existed before.

Geographic areas served: Berks County, PA

Programs: Our goal is to spay and neuter 30 feral cats every month this year to help reduce the cat overpopulation problem in our community.  By spaying and neutering feral cats we can effectively reduce the number of cats that are euthanized in animal shelters by millions over the next several years.  Because feral cats are unsocialized to humans and can’t adjust to life in a human home, the only possible outcome is death if they enter a shelter.

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot begin to praise Fairchild "Feral Friends" Foundation enough for all the hard work and compassion they put forth for cats in need. My mother and I have been caring for a feral colony outside of our house for about the past 10 years. What started out as feeding about 3 cats who would regularly come to our house, ending up growing into a colony of nearly 30. For years, we dealt with what felt like the never ending cycle of new kittens, and even new fully grown cats showing up, and we felt like it was a situation we would never get control of. Anyone who has ever cared for a colony of outdoor cats knows the struggles involved. After losing a whole litter of kittens to FeLV I knew something HAD to be done in order to make sure all of the cats we cared for were fixed and that there health needs were maintained. With Fairchild Foundation's clinics, and Dr. Fry's caring and professional service, we are now down to just 3 cats who are still in need of being sterilized. It's amazing the time, effort, care, professionalism, and compassion Dr. Fry and her volunteers put into the work they do, and I am endlessly grateful for the help they have provided to not only the colony I care for, but all the other many colonies in the area. Not only have they spayed and neutered our cats, they have provided wonderful advice on how to use drop-traps(for the hard to catch kitties), and early on provided us with birth control until we were able to get some of the higher reproducing cats to the clinic. If you are ever in need of any help involving feral cats, this is the first place I would go to, and the first I would recommend.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

There was a large feral colony (50+) at a strip mall near my house. Some of the cats were in terrible shape - limping, missing eyeballs and very sick looking. The colony caretaker was doing her best but couldn't afford to get the cats sterilized. Lucky for her (and the cats) I found Fairchild Foundation which is run by Dr. Fry. Over the past 2 years we have successfully sterilized all the females in the colony and are working on trapping the 2 final males. Quite a few of the cats had FIV or leukemia (a couple even tested positive for both) and were humanely euthanized. The remaining cats in the colony? They look fantastic - glossy coats, flabby bellies and gleaming eyes signifying healthy and happy felines. The colony has shrunken as the cats age and disappear but it's now under control; none of which would have been possible without Fairchild. The advise, guidance and services they offer are bar none (especially for the cost). These folks truly believe in their mission - every person involved is a volunteer! I can't say enough about this organization - they are inspirational and provide much needed services in this area!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

I'am looking for help to spay a female about 1 yr old who already had a litter of 4. I found a home for 2 of them so this left me with 3. 2 kittens and a mother. The kittens are 2 males and they are 6 months old now. I tried getting a hold of this foundation to help me out with spaying and no luck. I'am willing to feed them and keep them warm in the winter which I have this past winter. They were in my daughters mud room with a heater but are ready to come out now and I can't let them out till the female is at least spayed. I can bring her or them to the foundation but cannot afford to have them have surgery. I'am on SS and my budget is very tight. I give all I give now and cut myself short but didn"t
want to see them starve or freeze to death. I kept one of the kittens myself. Mother and the 1 kitten are very scared and withdrawn. The other kitten will let you pet him. The one I kept is a darling and I need him neutered also but was going to try to find a place to have him done that I could afford. I can't afford to have all the others done. Please can anyone help these poor little ones? I will bring them there and pick them up and continue to feed them aft surgery. They are use to these surroundings. This is a picture of the one I kept. The other one which is lighter (cream) is very fluffy and the other one is similar to this one. Mother is a 3 colored female. I would appreciate it very much. I know if I take the mother and 1 son they will have them put down because they are to scared. They know me and my daughter but still a little scared. The cream one , there is hope for him. Mother we call "Missy" son which is also a scared one we call "Spaz" cream colored one which is not scared we call "Cream Pie" Please see if you can help me with these little ones. Thank you! Email is
sandie_morris@yahoo.com

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A local farm has had a feral colony of about 12 cats for many years, but last Spring there were pet cats - many of which were pregnant - dumped there by irresponsible owners. The population soared as the kittens arrived! I took had 25 cats and kittens to Fairchild's clinic over the course of 4 months. There is NO way that I could have been able to afford to spay/neuter all those animals at the prices a regular veterinarian would charge! Plus, Fairchild's clinic provided rabies shots & other services! They also, sadly, found several of the dumped cats were seriously ill and we were able to put them humanely to rest. AMAZING, CARING STAFF!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

For the past 3 years I have been taking care of the feral cats in our area. We live in the country so our numbers were not just getting higher because of kittens but people dropping cats off. Last year I called our Humane Society to see if they had a feral cat program they did not and could not tell me of anyone that did. Thankfully a co-worker of mine had some feral cats and found the Fairchild Foundation. This past month I had two of my cats spayed. I cannot say enough about this program. The volunteers were so friendly and helpful I was sure that my cats were in good hands. They were very well taken care of, I didn't have to worry about them one bit. It is so wonderful to know that there are programs like this.

I am so thankful to the Fairchild Foundation for making it possible to spay/neuter these cats that are very dear to my heart.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In January of 2001 my local paper had a full page article on the number of cats that were euthanized at our two public animal shelters in my county. I had no idea! 2,000! I was so horrified I never slept all night.

I was retiring in a few months and vowed that I would find out what was being done in my county to help with this terrible situation. So when I retired I started to ask questions... first my vet, then the name and phone number she gave me, then off to a feral cat conference, and then I learned about the Fairchild Foundation and what they were doing. They were doing what many should be doing... spaying and neutering feral cats so that those terrible numbers and the suffering of homeless cats can be reduced. I have been a supporter of the Fairchild Foundation ever since. They have terrific volunteers that put many hours into working for the betterment of this situation.

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I started feeding some stray cats a few years back who just showed up on my porch one day; there were 3 of them and all 3 ended up being pregnate at the same time! (At one point i had 24 cats @ my place!). As they had their kittens i tried to keep them were they would have human contact so i could give them to friends and I took some of them to a pet store if they were friendly enough. They just kept multiplying and having more kittens and not always in a place where i could get to them ~ we live in a wooded area with a couple of acres & housing development behind us. It was getting harder & harder to find them homes and the longer they were outside the more wild they became. After having several of them spayed/neutered at my vet i realized i could not afford to get them all done & tried to get several organizations to help but with no success as the waiting lists were so long or I didn't live in their county... I was getting overwhelmed & then i found the Fairchild foundaiton when i took one of the sick strays to the vet. Dry Fry put me on thier list and was able to help me the next month! They were the only one who did help me. The Fairchild Foundation gave me birth control, which I think helped cut back on litters, and is letting me use one of their humane traps for free; I had no idea at the time how to trap a cat humanely and Dr. Fry provided instructions and helpful hints. This is the first year I started using the birth control I did not see any kittens in the fall. It is getting harder to get the birth control into the feral cats because the spayed/neutered cats are now actually staying on the porch where i have provided shelter for them and they are usually the first to eat. I do have a shelter down behind the house that i try to feed then the birth control & hope the unspayed cats eat first so hopefully no kittens will appear this spirng. Some of the more wild cats have just dissapeared and some have died but several cats are still coming around for food. The spayed cats will sit on the porch and watch us and only 2 will let us pet them. i still have a few that need to be spayed/neutered & I am very thankful/grateful for The Fairchild Foundation clinics and Dr. Fry for helping me to reduce the amout of cats here.

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I began feeding stray cats who were hanging around the bird feeder in the backyard they appeared to be starving and eating bird seed. I had no idea at the time how to trap a cat humanely and no place to keep a cat until I could get an appointment at a vet to have them spayed or neutered. I do not even know where they came from, but they started to have kittens under the garage or in the woods in holes made by wild animals, such as groundhogs. When they began to have more and more kittens I took them to an animal shelter because I hoped they would find them homes. These were cats and kittens that I had never been able to touch. When I found out that the animal shelter I took them to puts feral cats and kittens to sleep right away I tried to find a no kill shelter for them. I found out that no kill shelters want cats that are friendly or they can not find homes for them either. The no-kill shelter I found would spay and neuter the cats and kittens for me but they insisted I could not release them and had to have a place for them to recover. Fairchild Foundation gave me birth control, which I think helped cut back on litters, and left me use one of their humane traps for free for a long time. The first year I started using the birth control I did not see any kittens in the fall. As the cats were getting spayed and neutered it became harder to get the birth control into the feral cats because the spayed and neutered cats were usually first to the food dishes. I have been helped a lot by The Fairchild Foundation and Dr. Fry. Some of the cats have dissapeared and some have died but most of the cats are still coming around for food and their lives seem to be better. I am hoping to not have any kittens this spring. But if any new cats show up I know that if I can catch them I can take them to one of The Fairchild Foundation clinics.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Fairchild Foundation has been working tirelessly to reduce the stray/homeless cat population. Many people volunteer their time, give money, organize fundraisers and care for the cats. Without the support of the people many more cats would be homeless and disease ridden. I have seen cats taken from barns and streets be given the chance to live a comfortable life in a nice warm home. I have seen colonies of cats that were breeding out of control be spayed and neutered. I have seen sick cats be cared for and returned healthy. This program works, is being done efficiently and effectively and most of all is making a difference in the surrounding communities.

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was one of the first to have the Fairchild Foundation help spay/neuter the feral kitties on my property. It took over a year to trap them all and the last few were very difficult to trap. Volunteers came to my home and helped me. I will be forever grateful for all the help they were to me. Dr. Fry is a caring professional who is providing a much needed service. She and her staff of volunteers are a gift to all the feral kitties they have helped over the years.

Review from Guidestar